Ten fun facts about Dian Fossey
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She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey.
Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story.
Fossey had arrived in the Congo in locally turbulent times.
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. Go to more people facts ❯
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