Dian Fossey

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Dian Fossey

A close bond between Dian and Digit made it extremely difficult for Dian to cope with Digit's death in 1977.

Dian Studied in Rwanda until December 26, 1985 when she was mysteriously found murdered. She was found with a large knife in her skull. It is thought that a poacher murdered her.

Dian Fossey

In 1983, Dian published her book about her studies, Gorillas in the Mist. The book was later re-made into a movie in 1988, starring Sigourney Weaver.

An American ZoologistBorn January 16, 1932 San Fransisco, CADied December 26, 1986 Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

The Dian Fossey Gorilla FundFounded by Dian Fossey in 1978, we are dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. We are committed to promoting continued research on the gorillas and their threatened ecosystems and to providing education about their relevance to the world in which we live. In collaboration with government agencies and other international partners, we also provide assistance to local communities through education, health, training and development initiatives.- www.gorillafund.org

*After obtaining a bachelor's in occupational therapy at San Juan State College in CA, Fossey accepted a job in her field at Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital in Kentucky. *After reading a book about how mountain gorillas are going extinct by zoologist George Beals Schaller, Fossey was inspired and in 1963 she took a loan out to travel to Africa. She visited the camp of British Anthropologist Dr. Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, who later funded Fossey's long-term study on mountain gorillas in 1966.

"When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate on the preservation of the future"- Gorillas in the Mist

VocabularyExtinction- when an organism(species) is on the verge of dissapearing.Poaching- an illegal hunt or catch of an animal that is under wildlife protection.Conservation- a means of protecting animals and their natural environments. Zoologist- someone who studies and works with wild animals.

Actual footage of Dian Fossey journey



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