Fossey was a scientist who journeyed to Africa, working first with Louis Leakey and then at her own research site, to make great discoveries about the behavior and social patterns of gorillas, as well as raise awareness about protecting them. She gained the trust of the great apes by imitating their behaviors, and published her many findings in National Geographic magazine. When one of her apes was killed by poachers, she set up the Digit Fund to help protect them.
Fossey was born in 1932 and was murdered in Africa in 1985. Her book, Gorillas in the Mist, and the movie made out of it chronicle her amazing story.
Dian Fossey was a scientist who made great strides with gorilla research, dedicating a large portion of her life to studying and observing them. She began her research in Zaire but then moved to Rwanda where she began the Karisoke Research Center. She was the first person to have voluntary contact with a gorilla, and in her 18 years there earned the complete trust of the animals she lived with. Once her favorite gorilla Digit was killed by poachers, Fossey began a campaign to help save the primates. Back in America she wrote her book Gorillas in the Mist, which was later made into a movie. She was found murdered in her cabin at the Karisoke Center in 1985, but left a legacy for education on and protection of the mountain gorilla.
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