Dian Fossey

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Dian Fossey (1932 - 1985) was an animal researcher who studied the behavior of gorillas in Africa under the direction of Dr. Louis Leakey.[1] She studied the social structure and relationships of gorillas in Rwanda starting in 1967 and lasting many years. She wrote a book about her experiences titled "Gorillas in the Mist" published in 1983.[2] Fossey was working at the Karisoke Research Center when she was the victim of an attack on Dec 26, 1985 and died in Rwanda.[3] Her life story was made into a movie in 1988 starring Sigourney Weaver.[4]


  1. http://www.gorillafund.org/dian_fossey/
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Gorillas-Mist-Dian-Fossey/dp/0753811413
  3. http://www.gorillafund.org/karisoke/research_center.php
  4. http://imdb.com/title/tt0095243/