The Fossey Fund has studied and protected mountain gorillas in Rwanda since 1967, when Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Our team of 130 people protect half of Rwanda’s gorillas every day, alongside our partners, the Rwanda Development Board, which also maintains protection teams.
Where Gorillas Live
There are four kinds of gorillas, and all are indigenous to Africa, with two types in western Africa and two types in eastern Africa. All are critically endangered, though their numbers vary widely.
The Fossey Fund works with eastern gorillas (mountain and Grauer’s) in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.