The work of American comedian, television host, Ellen Lee DeGeneres, on Gorilla conservation is starting to pay off.
Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame and his daughter Ange Kagame wore Ellen’s branded round neck black t-shirt in recognition to her efforts.
On Sunday morning, President Kagame twitted a picture standing with his daughter all dressed in the t-shirt.
Kagame said in a tweet that he was pleased to see gorilla population increasing due to conservation efforts and thanked Ellen for joining the campaign. “Thank you Ellen and Portia for coming to Rwanda and getting involved,” he said.
Encouraging to see the mountain gorilla population in the Virungas has grown 25% in the last eight years. Conservation efforts must continue. Thank you @TheEllenShow & Portia for coming to Rwanda & getting involved. #VisitRwanda pic.twitter.com/1ALIjkpqgg
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) June 3, 2018
Ellen plans to construct a Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda as a center for education, tourism and scientific research. The campus is part of the The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund.
“I love animals, and I want to protect them, especially when they’re endangered. We need these incredible creatures and they need our love and compassion to help save them,” DeGeneres said on her website.
Ellen and her wife Portia spent good time in Rwanda where they hiked the mountains to watch gorillas before meeting President Kagame and other Rwandan officials.
They later flew to Kenya and visited Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor over the weekend.
This was us about to start our three-mile trek up the mountain to see the gorillas. Every moment of it was incredible. pic.twitter.com/I2Az9ym3ta
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 2, 2018