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.
Leakey's Angels - Poster by Evan Animals, via Flickr Jane Goodall kissing Chimpanzee, photo credit to Jean-Marc Bouju. Dian Fossey Birute Galdikas kissing an orangutan can be found in "Sanctuary the Book" by Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison