Who We Are

Our Mission:

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Our successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world.

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. Her focus, courage and passion have inspired many conservationists who have followed since. And her legacy lives on today, in the gorilla protection, science, education and people programs of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  


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 DR Congo.


Our mission – to save gorillas. We do this through a holistic approach that stands on four key pillars. From education to training and protection to research, our work is ensuring a future for gorillas for generations to come.

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.

Karisoke Research Center

Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke™ Research Center in Rwanda’s Virungas Mountains in 1967, to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued and grown into conservation efforts for other wildlife and programs for people who live near the gorillas.

Gorillas need your help!