Portia de Rossi gives Ellen DeGeneres a gorilla sanctuary

DeGeneres has been an animal-rights activist for many years.

1 February 2018 | 20:06

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 1 February 2018 | 20:06

This Jan. 18, 2018, file photo shows Portia de Rossi, left, and Ellen DeGeneres, winner of the awards for favorite animated movie voice, favorite daytime TV host, and favorite comedic collaboration, posing in the press room at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES: Actress Portia de Rossi gave wife Ellen DeGeneres her own namesake gorilla sanctuary for her 60th birthday.

De Rossi announced the gift during an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airing Thursday. Her donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will create a permanent home in Rwanda for the organization that has been protecting endangered mountain gorillas for 50 years.

DeGeneres said in a statement Thursday that she is "beyond excited" about the opportunity to work with the group. She said de Rossi "knew the exact right gift to give me."

DeGeneres has been an animal-rights activist for many years. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals named her "woman of the year" in 2009.

Fossey wrote "Gorillas in the Mist." She died in 1985.

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