DIAN FOSSEY

Dian Fossey (January 16, 1932 – California – December 26, 1985 – Rwanda). 

Dian is an American ethologist (specialist who studies the behavior of various animal species), specializing in the study of gorilla behavior. She obtained a PhD in zoology from the University of Cambridge. She studied gorillas regularly in the mountain forests of Rwanda, encouraged at the time by the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey. 

She is also the author of a number of books on the subject, including the “Theology of the World” and “The World of the Gorillas”, which she has written for many years. In 1967, she created the Karisoke Research Center in the Virunga Mountains, in the province of Ruhengeri, Rwanda. In January 1970, her portrait appeared on the cover of National Geographic. 

This is the first time that a person has been able to see the world from a different perspective, and it is the first time that a person has been able to see the world from a different perspective. This commitment would cost her her life. Dian was found murdered in her hut in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda on December 27, 1985. Her skull was split in two by a machete. 

This crime was either the work of poachers or of supporters of a tourist exploitation of the gorillas. Her killer was never found… Recognized as one of the greatest primatologists of her lifetime. She is buried in the cemetery she had built for the gorillas.

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