Resilient local communities living alongside thriving
wild great-ape populations.

Our Collaborators

Our Mission

To conserve great-apes and their habitat, while improving community livelihoods in the Fernan-Vaz region of Gabon.

Support Our Gorilla Conservation Efforts

Support local producers

Your donation supports local producers with a weekly wage by helping the project purchase their produce, while providing food for our resident gorillas.


Support local employment

Your donation will help us provide alternative employment to local people by becoming gorilla caretakers, community program coordinators and conservation educators.


Help orphaned gorillas

Your donation will help provide appropriate care, food and medical assistance for gorillas who have been orphaned as a result of the bushmeat trade in Gabon.


Donations to the Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz are processed by Gorilla Conservation Action, a nonprofit registered in Canada and organized exclusively to support the PGFV.

Our Story

Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz (PGFV) was informally established in 2001 to relocate 4 western lowland gorillas to the Fernan-Vaz lagoon after living for decades in a medical research facility in Franceville, Gabon. The Loango coastal forest region of southwestern Gabon is recognised as one of the most important and spectacular tropical ecosystems remaining in the world. From 2006, we began to rescue orphaned gorillas from the bush meat trade for rehabilitation and eventual release back into the wild. We became members of PASA (Pan African Sanctuary Alliance) in 2011, verified by GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) in 2012 and formally registered as a national NGO in 2014.

Volunteer with us

Do you work gorillas, or have a special skill? Ever dream of traveling to Africa, seeing gorillas and exploring different cultures? Come and volunteer with us!

Visit the sanctuary

We collaborate with a local ecotourism partner to facilitate visits to Evengue-Ezango Island, where the Gorilla Sanctuary is located. 

Contact PGFV

Questions? Comments? If you’d like to know more about us, please get in touch!