CELEBRATING DIAN FOSSEY 87TH BIRTHDAY TODAY

Today would have been Dian Fossey’s 87th birthday, and though she was killed before she could realize the full value of her important work, we think she would be proud – and maybe a little surprised – that her vision lives on.

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Mountain gorillas still exist today because of Dian’s courage and persistence. She NEVER wavered in her commitment to the gorillas – even in the face of significant challenges. But Dian’s legacy isn’t just the mountain gorillas…she proved that one person can truly change the world.

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Dian and her legacy has given us more time with the gorillas.

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THE DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND INTERNATIONAL 

Ellen DeGeneres, a much loved American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist, turned 60!  Her beautiful wife Portia gave her and Africa a very special gift. Watch and read this.

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We would like to celebrate Dian’s birthday today by showing you how you can make a difference and showing you how to get to see these wonderful endangered gorillas in Rwanda and DRC.

Click here to donate to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International or visit the Ellen’s passion and read how she is making a difference.

And when you are ready to book Gorilla Trekking with us, let us know as we are happy to assist you with this once in a life time adventure, a memory that will stay with you forever.

Here are some striking images taken by Nelis Wolmarans of the exceptional Gorillas.

 

DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA NAMING CEREMONY

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Rwanda’s annual gorilla-naming ceremony, called “Kwita Izina,” took place on Sept. 1, and in addition to the infant gorilla named by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, 18 other gorillas received names during this event.

Most of them were infants born in the past year, but a few were actually adult gorillas who joined the monitored gorilla groups during the same time period, arriving from groups that have not been monitored, sometimes from over the border in Congo.

Here are the new names of all the gorillas from the ceremony:

Mitimbili’s infant: A male, born on April 24, 2017, now called Uruyange, meaning “shiny.” He lives in Pablo’s gorilla group, which is the largest monitored by the Fossey Fund.

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Kurudi’s infant: A female, born in Aug. 4, 2016, now called Macibiri, after Dian Fossey’s Rwandan nickname, Nyiramacibiri.

Tamu’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on Sept. 8, 2016, now named Ubudasa, meaning “remarkable,” in reference to the young silverback who leads this group.

Ukuri’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on Aug. 7, 2016, now named Umutware, meaning “leader” and honoring the leadership of Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

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Mahirwe’s infant: A female born approximately April 1, 2016, now named Arakaza, meaning “welcome” because she was born while the group was in the Democratic Republic of Congo, outside of our tracking area.

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Tegereza’s infant: A male, first seen on March 7, 2017, now named Iyamarere, meaning “enthusiastic.”

Rugira’s infant: Gender still undetermined, born on June 21, 2017, now named Urugano, meaning “generation,” to highlight investment in Rwanda’s youth.

Adult female in Ntambara’s group: First seen on March 8, 2017, now named Nsanganira, meaning “well accepted.” This previously unknown female was first seen in the group when they returned from ranging in Congo and is now well established in her group.

Other gorillas getting names include those in groups that are monitored by the Rwandan park authorities (Rwanda Development Board):

INFANTS :

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Ikoranabuhanga, meaning “information technology” to highlight this development in Rwanda.

Inyange, meaning “handsome and smart.”

Isuku, meaning “cleanliness,” recognizing how clean Rwanda is.

Inkingi, meaning “pillar” because gorillas are a pillar for the Rwandan economy.

TemberoRwanda, meaning “visit Rwanda,” to invite people to come to Rwanda.

Inkesha, meaning “star,” because the mountain gorillas are such important figures

Imirasire, meaning “ray of sun” to highlight Rwanda’s efforts in solar power.

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Mudahinyuka, meaning “truthful and reliable.”

Ubwiza, meaning “beautiful.”

Iriba, meaning “water source.”

Also named was a new group that formed and is now called Muhoza, meaning “consolation.”

The annual Kwita Izina ceremony and associated events are organized each year by the Rwanda Development Board, which oversees management of Volcanoes National Park, home to the mountain gorillas.

Support the Fossey Fund’s gorilla protection and monitoring efforts by clicking here.

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If you are ready to book your Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Click Here and get ready for your life to change. We support Dian Fossey Fund and are very grateful for all her amazing profound work.  Dian lives with us everyday.