The Gorilla Organization

The Gorilla Organization

Charity information

The Gorilla Organization

As pioneers of community based conservation the Gorilla Organization develops, supports and conducts projects across 3 programmes: Conservation and Research, Economic Development AND Education.

Founded 1989

  • Mission statement

    The Gorilla Organization's mission is to secure the survival of gorillas in the wild. This is achieved through a pioneering conservation programme that combines traditional conservation activities, such as preventing the direct hunting of gorillas, with long-term poverty alleviation and environmental education projects in the communities surrounding the gorilla habitat. It was founded as a UK registered charity in 1989, initially as the Digit Fund, and then subsequently as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Europe, before becoming the Gorilla Organization in 2006.

    The Gorilla Organization has always understood that if gorillas are to survive in the context of Africa’s other significant challenges then conservation efforts need to be owned and managed by local African people. Its programme emphasises developing the capacity of local people by supporting long-term poverty alleviation and environmental education projects in the poor communities around gorilla habitat. The Gorilla Organization is currently involved in a variety of different projects with activities including constructing water cisterns to provide drinking water in the villages around the national parks, income generation and micro-credit projects, training in sustainable organic agriculture and giving assistance to marginalised, indigenous peoples. The principle underlying these projects is that the Gorilla Organization is helping to protect the habitat of the gorillas through enhancing local standards of living and

  • Aims

    The Gorilla Organization aims to:

    • To conserve and protect gorilla populations in the wild.
    • To support socio-economic development initiatives in communities living alongside gorilla habitats.
    • To raise awareness of issues affecting gorillas and educate the next generation of conservationists.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1989

    Registered Charity Number: 1117131

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 11

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: +44 (0) 207 916 4974

    Address: 110 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8HX

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  • Wildlife Clubs

    The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the habitat of mountain gorillas in Uganda and Rw... More
  • Resource Centres

    The Gorilla Organization has established resource centres in Kisoro, Uganda; Ruhengeri, Rw... More
  • Agricultural Training in Uganda

    Encroachment and trespassing into Uganda’s national parks is destroying the forests and ... More
  • Indigenous Communities in Uganda

    The indigenous Batwa traditionally lived as hunter-gatherers in the forests of Uganda, whi... More
  • Water Cisterns

    Water collection from the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda and Virunga National Park, DR Co... More
  • Tree Planting, DR Congo

    The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the habitat of the endangered eastern lowland gor... More
  • Women in Conservation, DR Congo

    The Gorilla Organization is helping to protect the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo - ... More
  • Indigenous Communities in DR Congo

    The indigenous Bambuti traditionally lived as hunter-gatherers in the forests of DR Congo,... More
  • Indigenous Communities in Rwanda

    The indigenous Batwa traditionally lived as hunter-gatherers in the forests of Rwanda, whi... More
  • The Mount Tshiaberimu Conservation Project

    The Mount Tshiaberimu Conservation Project (MTCP) was established by the Gorilla Organizat... More
  • Ethical Mining, DR Congo

    The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the gorillas of the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, D... More
  • Honey Farming, Uganda

    The Gorilla Organization protects the habitat of mountain gorillas in Uganda by providing ... More
  • Microfinance, DR Congo

    The Gorilla Organization aims to protect the mountain gorillas of the Virunga National Par... More