Ellen DeGeneres is using her fame to make a difference. In addition to rewarding people who pay it forward, she encourages all of us each day to be kind to one another via her television show Ellen. She is also a lover of animals and has adopted many rescue kitties and pups. Thanks to her wife Portia de Rossi, who surprised her with an amazing birthday gift – the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund was established to support global conservation efforts for critically endangered species.
Building a permanent home for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is the first initiative of the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund. This project will permanently secure the future of wild gorillas in Rwanda by building on successful field conservation efforts, while empowering the people living near the gorillas to thrive in relationship to their own ecosystem.
In 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Virunga mountains to protect and study the endangered mountain gorillas. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work lives on in the people and programs of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and its continuing conservation success story.