Portia Gives Ellen One of the Best Birthday Presents Ever

Portia not only surprised her wife with an unexpected appearance on the show, she also gave her one of the most incredible birthday gifts Ellen has ever received. For more information on The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, visit EllenDeGeneresWildlifeFund.org.
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Ok, i'm being told there's. someone else here who. wants to say happy birthday. i don't know who it. is but come on out. [cheering]. ok, i was wondering why. you weren't over there. and i don't know why you're. here because you can't talk,. you don't have a voice. i can't talk. actually this is your. birthday gift, a sexy voice. [laughter]. i am here to give you your gift. oh my gosh, i really can't talk. so it's your 60th. birthday and this gift. had to be really special. and it had to. represent who you are. and what you really care about. not just now, but what. you've always cared about. what you were. influenced by and what. has made you the amazing. person that you are today. so i combined that and questions. when we first met like,. who's your idol . and what would you do if you. weren't a talk show host . so i combined that with the. fact that, literally guys,. for like the last two. years ellen has said to me,. i feel like i'm. not doing enough. every day, almost. so i put all that together. and i got you this gift. let's see it. happy birthday. when people ask my wife, who is. the person living or dead you. most want to interview, her. answer is always dian fossey. ellen remembers reading. "national geographic" at home. as a little girl and. remembers dian on the cover. of the january 1970 magazine. ellen was struck by. dian's dedication. to animals, her mind,. and her bravery. ellen read how in 1967,. dian fossey set up. a camp she called karisoke. in the virunga mountains. in rwanda. this is where dian. began studying. several dozen gorillas. and at that time, dian was. alone in protecting them. fast forward years and the world. was sad to learn that dian was. murdered in 1985 in her cabin. at karisoke. most of us know dian's work. from her book "gorillas. in the mist,". which is legendary,. and carried on her story. her story is also carried on. through the work of the dian. fossey gorilla fund. the fossey fund exists. to ensure the survival. and thriving of wild. gorillas in close partnership. with the government of rwanda. but unfortunately, today there. are only 880 mountain gorillas. alive on earth. thus, the work of the. dian fossey gorilla fund. remains vitally important. to ensuring their future. in "gorillas in the. mist," dian wrote,. "little did i know then that. by setting up two small tents. in the wilderness. of the virungas,. i had launched the. beginnings of what. was to become an internationally. renowned research station,. eventually to be utilized. by students and scientists. from many countries. ". so for your birthday,. ellen, i am bringing you. and your hero dian together,. by building the ellen degeneres. campus of the dian. fossey gorilla fund. ellen, you will carry. on dian's legacy. by giving them a. permanent home in rwanda. now, you will join dian as. a protector and champion. of these amazing animals,. the mountain gorillas. happy birthday. [cheering]. oh my god. happy birthday. [cheering]. but that's not all. oh my god. so, in summer--. is this in burbank . where is it . [laughter]. well that's the thing. so it'll be a most incredible. center for tourism, education,. and for further. scientific research. [applause]. here's actually kind. of the best bit. i have also set up a foundation. in your name called the ellen. degeneres wildlife fund. so this is the first. initiative for the fund. but you can take this and do. whatever you want with it. you've done amazing. work for elephants. and you can just. continue and support. whatever you want to do. it's the best gift. i've always said, when we got. married, portia's line was,. "it's good to be loved, it's. profound to be understood. ". and she understands. me because that. is the best gift that. anybody could have given me. i love you. .
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