Alexandra Whittaker
Feb 01, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Ellen DeGeneres is famously a giver. She's given scholarships, she's given life advice, and she's even given celebrities a few scares along the way, but for her 60th birthday this year, she was a receiver, for once.

DeGeneres received a gigantic surprise on Thursday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show when her wife, Portia de Rossi, presented her with a gift that DeGeneres later called "the greatest gift I’ve ever been given." When de Rossi sat down with her, DeGeneres didn't know what was coming.

"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," de Rossi began. "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."

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de Rossi then presented a clip to the audience that gave the history of one of DeGeneres's longtime heroes, late conversationalist and animal activist Dian Fossey, who passed away in 1985. Fossey was known for her extensive study of mountain gorillas, and for helping to establish the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

"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," de Rossi announced. DeGeneres was understandably moved to tears.

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"Ellen, you will carry on Dian's legacy by giving them a permanent home in Rwanda," de Rossi said. "Now, you will join Dian as a protector and champion of these amazing animals, the mountain gorillas. Happy birthday!"

Watch the beautiful moment above.

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