Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, International
Dr. Fossey began her study of mountain gorillas in 1967 and established
the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. She founded the Digit Fund in
1978 to preserve and protect the world’s last mountain gorillas.
Following her tragic death, it was renamed The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
International to honor Dr. Fossey and to underscore its commitment to
carry on the gorilla protection and research programs she had established.
Today the DFGFI is a non-profit organization working in collaboration
with government agencies and other international partners to provide
assistance to local communities through education, training and economic
TCT has been working with the DFGFI because of their commitment to gorilla
protection, science, field research, education and awareness, and economic
development. DFGFI projects take place on many levels and places, with
people from Rwanda, Uganda, Congo and elsewhere in Africa, the United
States, and around the world. Recently DFGFI has begun to expand and
diversify their programs to address pressing conservation challenges
on a wider regional scale.
- Monitoring and protecting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Parc
National des Volcans, through the Karisoke Research Center's programs,
including tracking and anti-poaching patrols.
- Working with critical conservation projects in other areas where
wild gorillas live, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s
Tayna Gorilla Reserve and other community reserves.
- Assessing the health problems of those who live near gorillas, as
well as related gorilla health issues.
- Conducting scientific studies of gorilla ecology, behavior, health
and population status.
- Training rangers and trackers using the Karisoke research center’s
experience and methods.
- Using high-tech tool such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
and remote sensing to help solve conservation issues related to habitat
loss and land management.
- Promoting education and public awareness, in partnership with universities
- Helping to support local economic initiatives, such as organizations
that seek to help victims of war.
more about their current projects...
BENEFITS OF DFGFI MEMBERSHIP:
The DFGFI raises money through memberships, the sale of items, gorilla
adoption and other donations.
- Full Color Calendar.
- DFGFI Membership Card and a 10% discount on the DFGFI merchandise
featured in their newsletter and online.
- Dian Fossey Gorilla Journal, published quarterly by DFGFI. The Journal
contains up-to-date anti-poaching and cutting-edge gorilla conservation
Halstead Design, The Dian Fossey Fund International. 2003. 1 Oct. 2003 <http://www.gorillafund.org>.