16 June 2024

Dian Fossey in the wild with Mountain Gorillas.

Day 126 December 2019 in Rwanda ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

Spent a few hours at this museum and research centre. It us devoted to the study and care of gorillas, both indigenous mountain gorillas as well as others species in Africa. It was very well presented and the displays were very informative. I really liked the idea that the researchers were African, young and bright. One of the aims of the Centre was to train a new generation of African scientists in animal conversation.

Dian Fossey ( 16 January 1932 – c. 26 December 1985) was an American  primatologist  and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her 1985 murder. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by  paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. 

Gorillas in the Mist, a book published two years before her death, is Fossey’s account of her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research Center and prior career. It was adapted into a 1988 film of the same name

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