Ellen DeGeneres Campus
Ellen De Generes Campus is an eco-friendly facility including three main buildings – the sandy and Herold Price Research Center, the Rob and the Melani Walton Education Center plus the Cindy Broder Conservation Gallery and also a housing for visiting students and researchers.
Opened on 1st February 2022, Ellen De Generes Campus was mainly constructed to continue Dian Fossey’s journey of helping in the conservation and protection of mountain gorillas in the wild.
Dian Fossey was a primatologist who helped in the protection and conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas and when she died, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund was established to continue her legacy. In the last 40 years now, a great role has been played to assure her mission of saving the mountain gorillas. The fund not only protect the species from threats like illness and habitat loss but also assure that the locals can live comfortably with them.
Though the mountain gorillas were living a happy and healthy life, they were missing a permanent home thus the establishment of the Ellen fund which supports the Fossey fund as it works with other personalities like locals, gorilla experts and others to create a campus that will support the long term health and care of the Dian Fossey Fund, gorilla science, the needs of the local population plus the responsible tourism team.
Officially, this campus is called the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and its where all donations are done. It aims at inspiring all those who visit including the tourists, scientists, government officials. Students and community members with an intention of gorilla conserving.