“Among all researchers who have worked in the African field, I consider myself one of the most fortunate because of the privilege of having been able to study the mountain gorilla. I deeply hope that I have done justice to the memories and observations accumulated over my years of research on what I consider to be the greatest of the great apes.” –Dian Fossey, Gorillas in the Mist
As many of you have seen from the Google doodle, Dian Fossey’s birthday is today (she would have been 82 if she were still alive). Her work is a huge inspiration to aspiring primatologists, and she began a long-turn study that still studies and protects gorillas. Despite the small populations of mountain gorillas, they are the best-studied gorillas in the wild.
I highly recommend checking out The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Birthday Remembrance. Also, please remember the many other people have given their lives to protecting gorillas. Last week, on the DR Congo side of the Virungas, ranger Mbera Bagabo was killed, and two more rangers were injured by a militia group. The ranger jobs are extremely dangerous; approximately 140 ranges have been killed since 1996.
I hope you are all looking forward to reading Gorillas in the Mists.