Mountain Gorillas

The Austin Gorilla Run is brought to you by The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund

The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the highly endangered mountain gorillas in Africa, their habitat, and working with the people around the National Parks.

The discovery of the Mountain Gorillas took place in the Virunga Mountains, on October 17th, 1902, by Captain Robert von Beringe. In celebration of this event and to promote the preservation of the Mountain Gorillas, the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF) is undertaking several projects to achieve the goal of saving these gorillas from extinction.

In 1987, only 248 Mountain Gorillas lived in the wild. Because of projects coordinated by the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, there are now about 880 living in the wild. The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund is dedicated to ensuring the future of the Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By providing a partnership of business, wildlife conservation, and community development, MGCF addresses the single biggest challenge facing preservation of these animals today; how do we help communities in developing areas grow and prosper without destroying precious habitat or the Mountain Gorillas who call it home.

The MGCF was founded by Ruth Keesling and supporters of the late primatologist Dian Fossey, to ensure the survival of this magnificent species.

Working closely with the Rwandan and Ugandan governments, MGCF has developed a multi-faceted approach to meeting the needs of both gorillas and humans through the following projects:

  • Veterinary Project
  • Teacher Training Guide
  • Construction of Protected Disposal Pits

Please check out our website at for more information.

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