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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.
EXCELLENT BOOK. This book made me laugh and cry, it's an excellent account from Dian. It's the perfect balance of scientific data and understanding and personal biography.Published 5 days ago by Rebecca Grace Horoschak
Dian Fossey is a talented writer. What scares me most is her revelation that western ideas of conservation or ecological balance tis Greek to the third worlders. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Rodeck
Dian Fossey was chosen by the well-known Dr. Louis Leakey to study mountain gorillas, had her picture on the cover of National Geographic and enjoyed a worldwide following of her... Read morePublished 14 months ago by tanukisan
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 18 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 18 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 on August 8, 2013 by Faith