SEATTLE -- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1 million to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in Africa will be a major initiative.
Science officer Kathy Richmond told The Seattle Times ocean science will be another priority area in the future.
The Goodall grant will help researchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo survey a gorilla subspecies that may be on the verge of extinction.
Since 1990, the Allen Foundation has given away $454 million, mostly in the Pacific Northwest.
The 60-year-old Mercer Island resident is ranked as the 53rd wealthiest person in the world by Forbes with a net worth of $15 billion. He has pledged to give away most of his fortune.