Dian Fossey Gorillas in the Mist

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Gorillas in the Mist

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Inspiring the award-winning film, Fossey's 13 years experience in the remote African rain forests with the endangered mountain gorillas are accounted in this classic work, which remains an enduring testament to one of the longest field studies of primates. Photos.

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Gorillas in the Mist is the story of Dian Fossey, an occupational therapist from Kentucky who, in 1963 travelled to central Africa in the quixotic hope of seeing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Fossey had read everything she could about the reclusive and much-feared animal, and she returned from her trip convinced that most of the books were wrong.

During her seven-week stay in Africa, Fossey had a chance encounter with the famed primatologists Mary and Louis Leakey, who encouraged her to follow her dream of living among the mountain gorillas and learning their ways. In 1967 she did just that, setting up a camp on the slopes of the 14,000-foot Virunga Volcanoes of Rwanda and studying four gorilla families there. Although it took them some time to accept Fossey's presence among them, she was immediately impressed by their peaceful nature and by their generous, guileless behaviour--so unlike the images found in popular culture.

But, Fossey discovered, despite their peaceable way of life, the gorillas had many enemies in the form of poachers who hunted them for their hands, skins and heads--ghastly remains sold to the tourist market. Much of Fossey's thoughtful but often rightly angry memoir Gorillas in the Mist is a well-reasoned plea for the protection of the gorillas and the suppression of the poachers' black market. That argument found a wide audience when her book was published in 1983, but Fossey's work remains unfinished: she was murdered, probably by those very poachers, in 1985, and today there are fewer than 650 mountain gorillas in the wild. To read Gorillas in the Mist is a first step for anyone concerned with their preservation, and that of other wild species everywhere. --Gregory McNamee

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"A fascinating combination of breathtaking adventure and absolute devotion to a cause." -- Farley Mowat

"A classic of its kind."
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"A fascinating combination of breathtaking adventure and absolute devotion to a cause." -- Farley Mowat

"A classic of its kind."

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"A fascinating combination of breathtaking adventure and absolute devotion to a cause." -- Farley Mowat

"A classic of its kind."
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"A fascinating combination of breathtaking adventure and absolute devotion to a cause." -- Farley Mowat

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