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Dian Fossey with gorillas. Pioneer in the field and was one of the first scientists to recognize that animals "had feelings".

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Dian Fossey is remembered throughout the world for her heroic struggle to preserve, protect and study the mountain gorilla. She founded the Digit Fund (later renamed the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International)

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“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

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from National Geographic

Photos: Women of National Geographic -- National Geographic Explorers

Dian Fossey (/daɪˈæn ˈfɒsi/; January 16, 1932– December 27, 1985) was an American zoologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by famous anthropologist Louis Leakey. She was murdered in 1985; the case remains open.

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Dian Fossey,1932-1985, with Kima. American zoologist, She was a leading authority on mountain gorillas in Africa. She lost her life protecting something she loved...

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from Museum of Motherhood {BLOG}

Inspiring Women- Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey - On her gravestone, "no one loved gorillas more." She preferred the loving, nurturing creatures over humans. She was found dead, murdered, near her research center in Africa in 1985

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