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3 Easy Ways You Can Help Gorillas Now

“Fifty years after Dian started her work, I’m honored to help carry on her legacy. Together we can help save these beautiful creatures.”– Ellen

Ellen’s right. We can help save one of our closest relatives, but it takes a team, and you are a very important part of that team.
It’s easier than you might think to help the gorillas! Here are 3 ways you can be part of saving gorillas in the wild right now



When you tell others about the gorillas, you’re raising awareness and being a conservation leader. Sharing can take many forms:

  • Social Media: start by following us, then sharing something you liked from our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

  • Conversations: Discuss your passion for gorillas!

  • Events: Join the many people, old and young, who have hosted an event supporting gorillas and The Ellen Fund!

  • Speeches & Presentations: Share your passion in front of others, from class presentations to TEDx speeches.

  • Share your success story with us >!



The more you know about these amazing creatures, the harder it is to ignore the challenges they face (and the easier it is to share!). Here are some quick resources for learning:



We can’t do this without YOU. It truly takes a community to band together to help the gorillas, and so anything you can give, big or small, supports efforts to ensure the long term health of the mountain gorillas.

Get inspired to have a creative fundraising (and awareness-raising! event here >

You can donate here >

Shopping for Ellen Fund products at The Ellen Shop or ED by Ellen helps, too!

The least we can do is show the same compassion for gorillas as they do for us. And I happen to know a great way you can do that: Donate to The Ellen Fund. Every dollar counts. One dollar, five dollars, one hundred dollars, one hundred thousand dollars. I’m not saying take out a second mortgage on your house, but I’m not not saying that.


Donations are the lifeblood of any organization. Until we’ve completed the campus, all funds go directly towards The Ellen DeGeneres Campus at The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, in order to help save the endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda and beyond. 

Direct donations are accepted, with the benefits of a happy heart, as well as the potential tax benefits from a US 501(c)3 donation.

In addition, fundraisers are a fantastic way to not only raise funds, but to also raise awareness. We’ve seen lemonade stands hosted by talented kids, celebrity auctions, business events, and everything in between.

Awareness is also a key ingredient of The Ellen Fund’s success. Whether you’re creating that fundraiser, or sharing our newsletter or social media post, or you’re discussing it with friends — getting the word out helps grow a global community of concerned, active conservation leaders.

Finally, it never hurts to learn more about the mountain gorillas, the danger they’re in, the closeness we share as humans, and what’s being done to try and save them.