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Oh, man! Oh woman!  I have been so busy with Hillary’s campaign that I have been neglecting Women’s History Month!  Sorry!  It’s been a long day, a late night, and I needed a movie.  Gorillas in the Mist popped up!  Surely Dian Fossey was a hero of women’s history, a friend of peaceful species, and worthy of our notice this month.  You can be whatever you want to be.  Even a friend of a wild gorilla. I think Fay Wray would have liked her.

Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey Biography
Zoologist (1932–1985)

Dian Fossey


Birth Date
January 16, 1932

Death Date
December 26, 1985

Darwin College, University of Cambridge, Lowell High School, San Jose State University

Place of Birth
San Francisco, California

Place of Death
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Early Life
‘Gorillas in the Mist’

Death and Legacy

Dian Fossey was a zoologist best known for researching the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan mountain forest from the 1960s to the ’80s, and for her mysterious murder.“It was their individuality combined with the shyness of their behavior that remained the most captivating impression of this first encounter with the greatest of the great apes.”—Dian Fossey


Dian Fossey was born on January 16, 1932, in San Francisco, California. While working as an occupational therapist, Fossey became interested in primates during a trip to Africa in 1963. She studied the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan mountain forest for two decades before her unsolved murder occurred in 1985, at Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Fossey told her story in the book Gorillas in the Mist (1983), which was later adapted for a film starring Sigourney Weaver.

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Dian was one of three, known as the “trimates,” chosen by Dr. Louis Leakey, to study the habits and cultures of primates on two continents.  Jane Goodall was selected to study chimpanzees. Birutė Galdikas was assigned the orangutans.  Sadly Dian did not survive. She was murdered by poachers, but her work carries on via her foundation.  Jane and Birutė carry on their important work via their foundations.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International >>>>

The Jane Goodall Institute >>>>

International Birutė Galdikas ecology charity and support foundation >>>>

You can also find Birutė on Facebook >>>>


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