The Silver Back Gorilla / The Silver Back Gorilla is moreover pointed to as the mountain gorilla. Its exploratory name is Gorilla beringei, consistent with the African Wildlife Foundation. This species of gorilla was not even known to exist until 1902. Roughly 650 silver back gorillas exist in the globe.
Dian Fossey (Jan. 16 1932 – 1985) was an American zoologist who undertook a daily study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years in the forests of Rwanda. Her book 'Gorillas in the Mist' combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla with her own personal story. Called one of the foremost primatologists in the world while she was alive, Fossey, along with Jane Goodall and Birute Galdikas, were the so-called "Trimates". Fossey was murdered in 1985; the case remains open.