The gorilla is a majestic animal and, as it shares 98% of our DNA, is one of our closest relatives. But our cousins are in trouble. There may only be 1000 mountain gorillas left in the wild and fewer than 3800 eastern lowland gorillas.
And humans are the reason why. Illegal poaching, war and deforestation are making it harder and harder for this beautiful animal to survive. It’s up to us to save them.
DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND
For over 50 years, the world’s largest and longest running organization dedicated entirely to gorilla conservation—the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund—has been protecting critically endangered gorillas and fighting to ensure they remain on this planet.
Following in the footstep of their namesake—the incredible Dian Fossey—the organization works to save gorillas through providing daily boots-on-the-ground protection, conducting scientific research, educating the next generation of African conservationists, and addressing the basic needs of local communities to lessen their reliance on the forest. This integrated approach to conservation works—after almost going extinct in the 1980s, the mountain gorilla now is the only wild ape with an increasing population.
By supporting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund you are ensuring that these beautiful creatures remain on the planet and that their habitats, which as the world’s second largest remaining rainforest play a critical role in mitigating climate change, survive. You are also helping to improve the lives of local community members and ensure they are part of developing long-term, sustaining conservation solutions for gorillas.