Dian Fossey, the woman which dedicated her life to learning and maintaining the mountain gorilla, has been recognized on Thursday with a Google Doodle.
Jan. 16 would certainly be Fossey’s 82nd birthday.
Fossey had an early love of animals and, in 1963, while on a six-week sabbatical in Africa, satisfied the world-famous paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Leakey thought that even more research was needed on the great apes, and urged Fossey to examine mountain gorillas. That meeting would certainly alter her life.
Though Fossey first began to study the gorillas in the Congo, as a result of a civil war within the country she moved her research to Rwanda. In 1967, she established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans, about 10,000 feet above sea level.
Fossey learnt and lived amongst the gorillas for 18 years. She encountered severe battles, including her anxiety of elevations, condition, torrential rains, and gorilla poachers.
Her research study of the gorillas encompassed thousands of hours which contributed unbelievable understanding in to the lives of the animals.
In 1983, she released guide Gorillas in the Mist which ended up being a global bestseller. The book was later on turned into a flick starring Sigourney Weaver and attained prevalent excellence. The majority of significantly, it increased the profile of Fossey’s job at the preservation and study of the mountain gorilla.
Fossey was located hacked to death in her cabin at the age of 53 on Dec. 26, 1985, in Karisoke.