Protecting Gorillas in the Cloud

How the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International uses a new app to track conservation threats

By Margaret Lindquist

Winter 2018

There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left on Earth. How can scientists use technology to protect them? With support from Oracle, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International developed an app enabling field researchers to enter data directly into tablets connected to Oracle Database Cloud. “We want to have data in real time that we can use to see if there’s a conservation threat,” says Tara Stoinski, president, CEO, and chief scientific officer for the organization. “Having the data up in the cloud really helps.” The app, which is free on iTunes, can be modified for researching any animal. More at

Photograph courtesy of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund