Portia continued, “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. So, let’s see it – happy birthday!”
A video then played in which Portia talks about Ellen’s hero, Dian Fossey, and her dedication to animals.
“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,” Porita said. “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!”