“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.”  -Dian Fossey.

Dian Fossey was an American zoologist who spent almost two decades studying and living with gorillas in the Rwandan mountain forests. She will later become an important figure in the protection and conservation of gorillas.

Her first travel to Africa was in 1963 where she met her husband, archaeologist Louis Leakey, who joined her in the crusade in favor of endangered apes.

Her two-decade work helped understand gorilla’s behavior and family relationships as well as the dangers African mountain gorillas are exposed everyday.

She was murdered in 1985. Her body was found in her cabin on the morning of December 27, 1985.  The crime still unsolved.

A postmortem biopic called “Gorillas In The Mist” was released in 1988 starring actress Sigourney Weaver. Here’s the trailer:

Google Pays Tribute to Dian with a Doodle

Google, the most important search engine on Internet, paid tribute to Dian on they day that marks her 82nd birthday. Visitors to Google’s homepage today were welcomed with a clickable collection of gorilla images that takes them to a webpage completely dedicated to Dian.  

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