Dian Fossey told the world how gorillas live and fought tooth and nail to save them. It is now 30 years to the day since the mysterious death of her.
Before Fossey’s work, gorillas had an appalling reputation. Fossey demolished this myth.
She showed that these giants are gentle creatures.
Fossey spent her last years set out to understand and protect the few remaining gorillas before they disappeared. Her early years were pain tacking.
Fossey’s patience and quiet demeanor paid off. For the first time, gorillas were captured on film for people to watch on their homes.
Despite her hostility towards the local government, there was reluctance to her work. It was Fossey, who first put the Rwandan mountain gorillas on map.