Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Nearly Three Decades
of Partnership


The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) is dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their habitat through a multifaceted approach that includes daily monitoring, research, education, and ecosystem health services. Oracle has consistently funded DFGFI for nearly three decades, providing cash grants and in-kind donations of technology and services to support the protection and study of the world’s remaining populations of gorillas in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn more about the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.


“It is rare to find a corporate giving program funding a nonprofit for more than 25 years and doing so with little or no fanfare, yet this is the case with Oracle.”

—Clare Richardson, President Emeritus, Strategic Initiatives Officer, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Gorillas in the Cloud: Revolutionizing Data Management

In 2014 Oracle entered into an unprecedented technology partnership with DFGFI, bringing more than 46 years’ worth of gorilla data into Oracle Cloud. In addition, we helped the Gorilla Fund develop a custom field data gathering application, replacing pencils and field notebooks with iOS devices. This radically improved infrastructure has enabled the organization to revolutionize its data management and to make its database—the world’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal collection of data on any wild great ape population—available to scientists, researchers, and students without charge.

Gorillas in the Classroom: Inspiring Teen Data Scientists

The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle, leverages DFGFI data in its data visualization workshops. In these workshops, students explore, analyze, and visualize data from the DFGFI database to unearth fascinating stories about gorilla behavior—from social hierarchy to migratory patterns. The students also have the opportunity to video-chat with Gorilla Fund scientists to learn about the organization’s data collection process and conservation efforts.