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The De Generes Campus is a newly established facility that is aimed at continuing the work Dian Fossey did. Dian Fossey left a remarkable mountain gorilla conservation legacy, and establishment of the De Generes Campus is an inspiration to every nature lover or local community residents to appreciate gorillas and encourage others to embrace conservation. This campus sits on 12+ acres near Volcanoes National Park, and it is one of the Eco-friendly facilities Rwanda has had. At the campus, there is an interactive exhibit which gives insight into Dian Fossey’s story and gorilla conservation in Rwanda.

The Eco-friendly facility is located adjacent to the Volcanoes National Park. The campus consists of three main buildings; the Sandy and Harold Price Research Centre, the Cindy Broder Conservation Gallery and the Rob and Melani Walton Education Centre.

The mission of the Campus is to create space and engage different stakeholders in wildlife conservation including students, scientists, tourists, the local community as well as partners in conservation.

The Campus also aims at promoting gorilla conservation as well as the natural resources of planet earth.


The Ellen Campus represents a huge expansion of teaching and labarotary spaces that are aimed at enabling the researchers and students transform programs to study gorillas and the habitats where they live. The Campus offers educational opportunities to African scientists to further their studies about mountain gorillas.

The Ellen Campus Building

The Ellen Campus is an eco-friendly building. It was designed by MASS Design Group, an award winning Architectural Design Agency.

The Campus was built using locally sourced materials. 90% of the supplies used in the construction.