Educational Efforts


From the Amazon to the Arctic and the Congo Basin to the Coral Triangle, animal populations are disappearing at an alarming rate and are facing the risk of becoming extinct. As of today, approximately 1,300 species are classified as "endangered" or "threatened". Among the most critically endangered are tigers, rhinos, gorillas and marine turtles. Humans are largely responsible. Construction of homes, buildings, and strain on natural resources for food, clothing, fuel and all the stuff we consume; and the waste we produce - contribute to the main causes of species loss:
  • Water, air and ground pollution
  • Habitat destruction
  • Unsustainable trade
  • Bycatch and irresponsible fishing
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species, species introduced by humans
  • Human encroachment into natural habitats
  • Poaching
When a species is listed as endangered or threatened, it is not a death sentence. Conservation can be helped with everyday choices. Urging government officials to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and to take a strong stand to protect endangered animals and their habitats is essential. Choosing responsibly farmed seafood and paper products are other ways to help.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, creators of ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, are honored to be able to conserve and present the  biological wonders of nature featured in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT for anatomical study. They hope that this exhibition will show visitors the similarities between human and animals, leading to a greater respect and appreciation for all animals.   Organizations like the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the World Wildlife Fund, offer information about endangered species, their threats and what can be done to protect them. 


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The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Founded by Dr. Dian Fossey as the Digit Fund and renamed after her death, the Fossey Fund operates the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and maintains a staff of scientists, trackers and anti-poaching patrols in Volcanoes National Park. The Fossey Fund also works to save endangered Grauer's gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and operates education, health and other community outreach programs.

The Karisoke Research Center is the world's centerpiece for the study and protection of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The center was founded in 1967 by Dr. Dian Fossey and operated since her death by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.