Dian Fossey

A while ago, my boyfriend and I had watched a BBC documentary on mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Nothing on tv (again) we stayed and watched.

It was specifically on the longest reign any male silverback gorilla had done, by any gorilla group observed. The silverback was called Titus and in the documentary, the scientists just observed a transition in power from Titus to his second in command, a young and upcoming silverback whose name I forgot. It turned out to be Titus’s son, fathered when he was 11! Although gorillas are active early, this is very early. (Quite a saga, those gorilla stories!).

But learning that this group was one that was once observed by Dian Fossey, writer of Gorillas in the Mist, later adapted on-screen with Sigourney Weaver as Dian, it got my curiosity going again.
Especially because of the mysterious circumstances she died in 1985.

So I took a visit to the site The Dian Fossey gorilla Fund International to learn a bit about the project, the gorillas, the history of the camp site, about Fossey…

Wat intreaged me was that she studied the animals for such a long time. She changed her life entirely to devote it to the observation. Seems to me she was quite a woman.

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2 thoughts on “Dian Fossey

  1. Fab

    I had mistaken her for Jane Goodall… is that name right? But she worked with chimpansees. Oddly enough, Dian visited Goodall to see how she approached her studies and to learn how to go about it.And I never knew Diane could be spelled Dian!

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