“I shall never forget my first encounter with gorillas. Sound preceded sight. Odor preceded sound in the form of an overwhelming musky-barnyard, humanlike scent. The air was suddenly rent by a high-pitched series of screams followed by the rhythmic rondo of sharp pok-pok chestbeats from a great silverback male obscured behind what seemed an impenetrable wall of vegetation.” – from Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey
Gorillas in the Mist, by Dian Fossey, is both a scientific and personal journey into the world of mountain gorillas. In 1967, Fossey established the Karisoke Research Centre in Parc National des Volcans in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. Until her murder at the Centre on December 27, 1985, she worked tirelessly for the preservation of this endangered species. Gorillas in the Mist helps us to understand the fragile connection between gorillas and their habitat and our potential role in their survival or extinction.
Dian Fossey’s legacy lives on in the not-for-profit organization she founded in 1978. Fossy named the organization the “Digit Fund” “in memory of her favorite gorilla. Today its name honors her, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Visit their website for information.
Gorillas in the Mist (movie), starring Sigourney Weaver (Julie Harris played the role of Rosamond Halsey Carr)
Sigourney Weaver is active in the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
Land of a Thousand Hills : My Life in Rwanda, by Rosamond Halsey Carr with Ann Howard Halsey
Carr devotes parts of her book to Dian Fossey – as a complex individual, as researcher, and as a valued friend. At age 73, Carr climbed "the mountain" to Karisoke for the last time to attend Fossey’s funeral.
Light Shining Through the Mist : a Photobiography of Dian Fossey, by Tom Mathews (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Walking with the Great Apes : Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Biture Galdikas, by Sy Montgomery
Woman in the Mists, by Farley Mowat
“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” – Last entry in Dian Fossey’s diary