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Ellen Degeneres has been raising awareness for Animal rights, welfare, and Conservation for years now. One of the best examples of this is her launch of The Ellen Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting endangered animals.

When she created The Ellen Fund, one of her first goals was to partner with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund to turn their vision of creating a Conservation campus in Rwanda into a reality.

According to a press release, the Fossey Fund had an ambitious goal of building a center in Rwanda where science and Conservation could be practiced. They wanted a space that could accelerate their Conservation goals while enabling research and ecotourism at the same time. Thanks to the help from The Ellen Fund, they were able to create that space, now known as The Ellen Campus.

As of February 1st, 2022, The Ellen Campus is officially open to the public!

According to the press release, Ellen stated: “Dian Fossey has always been a hero of mine, and so it’s been the honor of a lifetime to Support this project. To see my name alongside hers on the walls of this beautiful campus, and to know I’m doing my part to protect endangered gorillas and continue Dian’s legacy, is simply amazing.”

The campus sits on several acres of land near the Volcanoes National Park and features three main buildings: a research center,  a Conservation gallery, and an education center. The campus also has housing for guests, like students and scientists.

In the press release, the Fossey Fund’s director of Rwanda programs, Felix Ndagijimana, stated: “The Ellen Campus represents a huge expansion of our teaching and laboratory spaces, enabling us to not just increase but transform our programs to study gorillas and their critical forest habitat and bring educational opportunities to early career African scientists and members of the local community.”

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