Primatologist naturalist Dian Fossey died Saving mountain Gorillas, The American zoologist Dian Fossey doesn’t need any introduction she is well best known for research on the endangered gorillas of the Rwandan and Ugandan mountain forest from the 1960s to 1980s and she was murdered mysteriously.
Dian Fossey was an American born on January 16 1932 in California San Francisco, While she was working as an occupational therapist Dian Fossey became very interested in mountain gorillas in East Africa in 1963 and she started studying the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Uganda before she was murdered in 1985 in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, during Dian Fossey’s time with mountain gorillas she told her story in the book called Gorillas in the Mist (1983) her book also was later made the film out of it also called Gorillas in the Mist this book sold like a hot cake all over the world and many come to know about mountain gorillas
Before 1960 very little was known about mountain gorillas?
Dain Fossey, apart from Rwanda and Uganda she also went to Congo to study mountain gorillas but because many civil wars and conflict in DR-Congo forced Dian Fossey to leave Congo and she came back to Rwanda and Uganda, and in 1967s Dian Fossey set up a small research center outpost in Rwanda in the high volcanic Virunga mountains, Dian Fossey gained the gorilla’s trust and could observe them undisturbed, she could see which gorilla belongs to which family/group and learned the roles of the dominant “silverback” male in each the whole family.
Gorilla Habituation Process?
Dian Fossey used different methods of gaining the trust of gorillas and this process is called habituation where eventually gorillas get used to the presence of humans and become friends, it was Dain Fossey’s great gift to the world to gorilla conservation, the process of gorilla habituation can take up to 2years vesting them every day and learning them