Ten fun facts about Dian Fossey


Fact 1
She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey.

Fact 2
Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story.

Fact 3
Fossey had arrived in the Congo in locally turbulent times.


Fact 4
Fossey founded the Karisoke Research Center, a remote rainforest camp nestled in Ruhengeri province in the saddle of two volcanoes.

Fact 5
Dian Fossey strongly opposed tourism, as gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases like influenza for which the gorillas have no immunity.

Fact 6
Fossey subsequently created the Digit Fund (now the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in the USA) to raise money for anti-poaching patrols.

Fact 7
Called one of the foremost primatologists in the world while she was alive, Fossey, along with Jane Goodall and Birutė Galdikas, were the so-called Trimates, a group of three prominent researchers on primates (Fossey on gorillas; Goodall on chimpanzees; and Galdikas on orangutans) sent by Leakey to study great apes in their natural environments.

Fact 8
Her love for animals began with her first pet goldfish and continued throughout her entire life.

Fact 9
At age six, she began horse riding, earning a letter from her school; by her graduation in 1954, Fossey had established herself as an equestrienne.

Fact 10
In defiance to her stepfather’s wishes that she attend a business school, Dian wanted to spend her professional life working with animals.


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