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

Our local gorilla trackers in Congo are playing a critical role in our efforts to protect Grauer’s gorillas. Despite the difficult terrain and obstacles of working in such remote areas, our trackers are successfully monitoring and studying these critically endangered gorillas.

Get to know congolese trackers Wasso and Jadot

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.