Ellen's Journal

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Entry No. 3, Bisate, Rwanda

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Hi there. It’s me again… again. I’m still having an incredible time. I just got back from a visit to the Dian Fossey Fund’s office.

 
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I actually got to sit at Dian’s desk – the exact same one where she worked in her tent in the forest over 50 years ago. Her original typewriter is still there (Google it, kids), along with the notebooks she used to keep track of her observations. I was like a kid in a candy store who’s not allowed to touch anything but wants to touch everything.

 
 

After I definitely didn’t touch anything I wasn’t supposed to while no one was looking, I went to see the land where our campus will be built. The land is breathtakingly beautiful. We have eleven acres full of eucalyptus trees, with views of the mountains and the gorillas. I know you’re thinking what I’m thinking – Gorilla Cam. I couldn’t agree more.

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I can’t wait to get everything up and running here. We need more champions of endangered species and this is the perfect place to start.

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The Campus is going to be a permanent home for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. It’s no secret that I love home design, and I’m very excited to be working on this project with the architects at MASS Design. They’ve worked on buildings here in Rwanda, in Haiti and in the United States and they believe that “beauty is justice.” Because of that they use local materials for building and furniture, and they will be employing thousands of men and women from the surrounding area.

The Campus will be a place where everyone can come to learn about conservation. We’ll welcome tourists, the local community, scientists, government partners and students to come in and be part of our efforts. If you’re wondering whether or not I’m going to get my own lab coat and pretend to be one of the scientists the answer is yes, I’ll be carrying around my own microscope and everyone will have to call me Doctor.

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I can’t wait to get everything up and running here. We need more champions of endangered species and this is the perfect place to start. More soon…

Love,

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© Top photo courtesy of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund