Gorilla Organizations

There’re a number of excellent organisations you can contribute to that are doing an excellent job of monitoring and helping to rectify the precarious situation the gorillas and the other great apes of the world are currently in. Below is a list of some of these organizations.

Organizations Involved With The Preservation of Gorillas and the Other Great Apes

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Originally founded in 1978 by Dian Fossey as The Digit Fund (following the untimely death of her favorite gorilla, Digit) The Fund was later renamed The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (DFGF) in 1992. Ever since its inception and after the still as yet unsolved murder of Dian Fossey this premier gorilla conservation organization has been working double time to ensure the gorillas have some form of sustainable future.

Bushmeat Crisis Task Force
The BCTF, founded in 1999, is a consortium of conservation organizations and scientists dedicated to the conservation of wildlife populations threatened by commercial hunting of wildlife for sale as meat.

Mountain Gorilla & Rainforest Direct Aid
Also known as Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe, this organisation has been involved with gorilla conservation since 1984. They are an excellent resource for what’s going on in the gorilla-conservation world and actually provide online access to articles and reports compiled from previous years’ conservation efforts.

Conservation Through Public Health
Formed in 2002 and based in Uganda, Conservation Through Public Health provides a grass root approach to gorilla conservation: by enlightening communities living next to gorilla reserves that they have more to gain from participating in conservation efforts as opposed to trading in bushmeat (i.e.,receiving part of the proceeds from park revenues and opportunities to establish tourist-driven businesses) and that by addressing health issues (many human diseases are transmittable to gorillas) they are protecting that investment.

The Gorilla Foundation
Established in 1976, The Gorilla Foundation has been promoting public awareness about the plight of the gorillas through, amongst others, Koko the gorilla who communicates via sign language. The Gorilla Foundation is currently involved in an ambitious project to provide a secluded 70-acre reserve in Maui that simulates the natural habitats gorillas reside in, in Africa.