Team Gorilla

With your participation you are helping to keep the highly endangered Mountain Gorilla alive in the jungles of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund has been dedicated to the preservation of the Mountain Gorilla ever since Dian Fossey asked for help in 1985.

Check out the "Why We Are Doing This" page for an overview of the Ruth Keesling Wildlife Health and Research Center and a bit of history. You may also direct your donations and funds collected to the Denver Zoo in support of the dietary needs and healthcare of the gorillas at Primate Panorama.

Fundraising Tool Kit

Participants are being asked to be the best they can be! If you want it, you know how to ask of your family and friends. For your continued efforts, and because we really need your help we want you to help us raise more money than ever before. Below, we are offering the following pledge incentives and they are really cool. We hope that you think so too.

Pledges must be turned in by Sunday, November 2nd to be considered eligible. Pledge incentives, excluding the case of Silverback Pale Ale, must be picked up on race day, November 2nd.



Pledge incentive prizes are cumulative.

Raise $300 and you’ll receive a pink gorilla suit in addition to the beer or Ugandan basket, plush or vest, and event t-shirt or coffee.

Below is a letter to our wonderful donors.

Dear Furless Friends,

Since most people can't make it to the jungles of Africa, we are pretending the jungles are in Denver, Colorado. Keep your eyes open because on November 2, 2014, there will be 1,500 people dressed as mountain gorillas running through City Park in Denver. The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund is hosting the 11th Annual Denver Gorilla Run and all of us are helping to keep Dian Fossey's dream alive. Remember the movie "Gorillas in the Mist"?

This is where we need your help.....So what's our story?

In 1985, Dian Fossey was murdered. The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund (MGCF) took the initiative to keep her dream alive. When MGCF took over the project there were only 248 mountain gorillas left in the WORLD. Because of the projects that MGCF oversees there are now 880 in the countries of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A mountain gorilla can only be seen in Africa, these animals do not survive in captivity therefore they'll never been seen in a zoo.

Mountain Gorillas are one of our closest relatives, sharing 98.6% of our DNA. This makes them the closest link to mankind and we are trying to help keep these animals from extinction. MGCF introduced veterinary medicine back in 1986 with a project called Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. The local governments are convinced that this project saved the gorillas from extinction during the war in the mid 90's.

MGCF developed a veterinary education department in central Africa's largest University called, Makerere University. This program is educating local Ugandans and Rwandans to become veterinarians. The current facility at the University has outgrown itself and we need to raise the funds to create more room for education. After graduation, they first protect the mountain gorilla, then expand to other wildlife in Uganda and Rwanda. MGCF needs support in raising funds to continue building an expansion that will provide new lecture halls, postgraduate and grant research offices, and a wildlife disease surveillance biohazard level 1 bank. MGCF was the first in the world to ever build an "on location" veterinary center in 1986 for the protection of endangered animals. Since then, 20 expatriate veterinarians have served in the countries and now locals have been educated enough to take over and protect their own wildlife. This is a great thing for central Africa!

How are we doing this.....
We are asking each of our gorillas to fundraise and help us acheive this goal. This is where we need the donors help! Visit
, press the "click here to contribute" button and select the fundraiser you'd like to support. During these difficult economical times, your help is very important to the gorillas. Please help in any way you can.

Thanks so much from all the gorillas.




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