Dr. Dian Fossey

In September 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains and set in motion one of the longest running-studies of any animal species anywhere in the world.

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Our Leadership

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund staff is a diverse group of people dedicated to the survival of gorillas and their habitats. We have teams in Atlanta as well as on the ground in Rwanda and Congo.

Meet the team    Where we work

Tracker Spotlight

The work we do would be impossible without our world-famous trackers.  Read stories about the men and women who are on the front lines protecting and monitoring gorillas 365 days a year.

Get to know the legendary Fossey Fund trackers

Financial Stewardship

The Fossey Fund has a long-standing reputation for meeting the highest standards of financial excellence. We take the same care and precaution to protect our financial resources that we do with our natural resources in the field. We work to ensure that every single dollar we receive is used to its full potential in order to conserve the precious endangered wildlife and habitat we protect.

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84% of every dollar goes directly to the field to support  gorilla protection and conservation efforts.
87% of every dollar goes directly to the field to support gorilla protection and conservation efforts.