The Woman Who Gave Her Life to Save the Gorillas
The Gorilla Organisation also has links to the Dian Fossey trust. Her remarkable work changed the world's perception on what others considered to be violent and dangerous. In 1967 Fossey set up a small research centre high in the volcanic Virunga mountains where she learnt to imitate the gorillas behaviour in order to gain habituation. This enabled Fossey to observe and protect the remaining mountain gorillas before they disappeared, as well as being the first time gorillas were captured on film.
On 26 December 1978, Fossey was brutally murdered with a machete, never seeing her hard-work pay off. However her research has much to be appreciated for, having laid the vital foundations of research about our gorillas and most achievabley a slow growth in numbers.