Fossey III, an insurance agent. Her father tried to keep in full contact, but her mother discouraged it, and all contact was subsequently lost. He would not allow Fossey to sit at the dining room table with him or her mother during dinner meals. Education[ edit ] Educated at Lowell High Schoolfollowing the guidance of her stepfather she enrolled in a business course at the College of Marin.
Inreclusive occupational therapist Dian Fossey decided she needed an adventure. She borrowed money from a friend and decided to journey to the farthest place from California she could go: She also visited wildlife reserves like the salt lake of Manyara, famous for its flocks of flamingos. Several years prior, Louis Leakey had developed a plan to send researchers into the field to study primates, in the hopes that studying them could lead to information on human evolution.
A few years before Fossey showed up, he had sent the young and ambitious Jane Goodall into the jungles of the Gombe Stream National Park to study chimpanzees.
Before becoming an occupational therapist, Fossey told Leaky she had developed an interest in veterinary studies.
That, coupled with her interest in traveling and her love for Africa made her irresistible to Leakey. For the duration of her trip he pursued her, hoping to get her to work for him and study gorillas in the Congo. Fossey met up with the archeologist on one of his stops, bringing with him the articles she had published on her African tour since returning.
Leakey remembered her and her interest in mountain gorillas. This time, Fossey agreed. During the eight months it took to get her visa in order, Dian Fossey studied Swahili and took classes on primatology, hoping to expand her skill set before arriving in the Congo.
Then, inshe finally arrived. Finally, in earlyshe was ready. However, the Congo was not. The 60s were a turbulent time for the area, especially since declaring their independence at the start of the decade. The civil unrest was especially hard for foreigners to endure, since there was no stable form of government.
Fossey and her team were detained several times during their stay, eventually being deported to the U. There, she met up with Leakey who encouraged her to keep trying.
Though still dangerous, the area was suitable for study and became the place where Fossey set up camp. She hit a few roadblocks over the years, as the Rwandan Virunga gorillas had never been exposed to humans like those on the Congo side. They considered all humans a threat and were therefore much more difficult to get close to.
Many of the research students grew tired of the elongated process and increasingly fed up with the conditions. Unlike the Congo, which was far more settled, the region around Karisoke was muddy, cold, dark, and had no pre existing footpaths.
The gorillas were being poached at an astonishing rate, sometimes in groups of five to ten at a time. With her remaining team members, Fossey instigated her own poaching patrols, dismantling traps and nursing abandoned or hurt infant gorillas back to health.
Her research soon became more focused on conservation efforts than archeological research.
She soon began writing to the World Wildlife Fund, the African Wildlife Foundation and the Rwandan national park system, encouraging them to stop poaching. Her book Gorillas in the Mistwhich became a rapid bestseller and later was made into a movie starring Sigourney Weaver, helped conservation efforts by opening the eyes of the western world to the horrors that the gorillas were enduring in Virunga.
Her efforts as a relentless conservationist were hailed worldwide and helped make her an international icon for wildlife support. However, it was also her downfall. Intwo years after her book was released, Dian Fossey was found dead in her cabin at the edge of her camp, killed by a single blow to the head with a machete.
As all of her valuables were still in the cabin, burglary was ruled out as a motive. A hole in the wall indicated where the murderer had broken in. Some broken glass was found in the cabin, but for the most part, it seemed there had been no struggle. A murderer was never convicted, but several suspects were arrested.
One man was strongly believed to be the murderer as he had attempted to kill Fossey before, though he killed himself before charges could be brought against him. Though it is widely speculated that he did it in order to steal her research to produce asequel to her book, no extradition treaty exists between Rwanda and the United States.
Dian Fossey is buried in Karisoke, among several fallen gorillas for whom she constructed a makeshift graveyard, forever becoming the woman who resides alone in the mountains amongst the gorillas.Mowat's Virunga, whose British and U.S.
editions are called Woman in the Mists: The Story of Dian Fossey and the Mountain Gorillas of Africa, was the first book-length biography of Fossey, and it serves as an insightful counterweight to the many omissions in Fossey's own story, being derived from Fossey's actual letters and entries in her journals.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Dian Fossey lived among the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountains, at first studying the great apes and then, slowly becoming their friend and protector.
A respected and pioneering primatologist, Dr. Fossey soon became best-known for her conservation work. For more than 20 years, Dr.
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Dian Fossey lived among the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountains, at first studying the great apes and then, slowly becoming their friend and protector.
A respected and pioneering primatologist, Dr. Fossey soon became best-known for her conservation work. She wrote the acclaimed book Gorillas In The Mist and became an ardent conservationist for gorillas, but Dian Fossey's efforts to combat poaching ended up costing her life.
Getty Images Dian Fossey poses in front of the gorilla exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is the riveting account of Dian Fossey's thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes.
Dian Fossey Sets Off to Study the Mountain Gorillas. As Dian Fossey continued her work in Kentucky at Kosair Children’s Hospital, she also found time to publish a number of articles and photographs from her Africa trip.
These would serve her well in the spring of , when a lecture tour brought Dr. Louis Leakey to Louisville.