organisation’s mission to protect and conduct scientific research on mountain gorillas and their environment, to educate future conservationists and to support local communities. Sitting on a five-hectare plot adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park, the new eco-friendly campus will include laboratories, a library, flexible office and meeting spaces, classrooms, an interactive educational exhibit and on-site residences for visiting students and scientists.
Named in honour of a lead gift by American celebrity and conservationist Ellen DeGeneres, campus will embody the Fund’s mission to conserve and limit its impact on the environment. This includes rainwater harvesting, green roofs, the planting of over 250,000 native plant species and a constructed wetland to treat wastewater and promote biodiversity.
Operating in Rwanda for over 50 years, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is a charity for the protection of endangered mountain gorillas and their habitats. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund believes that an integral part of successful and sustainable conservation is the involvement and engagement of local communities. Staying true to the fund’s values, the campus will be constructed using locally-sourced materials, supplies and labour with approximately USD 2.7 million having already been invested to date. 72 percent of all workers are Rwandese and 31 percent are women.