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Portia de Rossi gives Ellen DeGeneres a gorilla sanctuary

Ellen DeGeneres (L) and Portia de Rossi attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.
Ellen DeGeneres (L) and Portia de Rossi attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Portia de Rossi is giving wife Ellen DeGeneres her own namesake gorilla conservation centre for her 60th birthday.

De Rossi announced the gift during an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

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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.”

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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.

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

DeGeneres’ actual birthday is on Jan. 26.