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 behavior--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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very real story - full of emotion and passion.
If you have ever had a dream but have being to afraid to do it then right from the opening pages you will be inspired to go right ahead and try.
Dian Fossey was a great woman who wanted to save the very mountain gorillas that she loved and protected from poachers.
Dr. Fossey takes us on her trips to get to meet the Great Apes and to recognize how closely they are related to humans. We see them not only as families but as individuals. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PeeDee
I bought this book for my daughter, whose heroes include Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall. My daughter is very much into primates and primatology, and she says this book is a wonderful... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jaime Jeffer
I loved reading this book. While Dian Fossey definitely had some flaws, I think she did amazing work and saved the mountain gorilla population. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Faith
This book was written with the ultimate love in the author's hear. For a review that will do this book justice, read:... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deborah Hirt
Time after time the author puts you right there beside her in the jungle, mountains, camps and fields. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sara Reader Rider
Not at all dry, made me cry several times, a wonderful look at how the ever increasing population and spread of humanity is driving all the life we share this planet with to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brianna LaShae Majors
Great real story!! Make me want to be with her to study and save the gorillas! The pictures are nice but the paper is so thin!Published 18 months ago by Cpaipai
This book came perfectly packaged and arrived before projected date. This book was purchased as a gift for my son who studies gorillas. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carole Mcintyre
I read this initially as a 5th grader and found it life-changing. One of my first exposures to animal poaching, and the superstitions surrounding "animal magic" that we are very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Keith Kelley