Dian Fossey Foundation

Dian Fossey Foundation

Dian Fossey Foundation was founded as attribute to continue the efforts and an American primatologist and conservationist who is remembered for undertaking an extreme study about the mountain gorilla groups until her death in 1985.she lived around these primates and gained a name “Nyirmachabelli” from the locals of Rwanda which means “The woman who stays alone in the mountains”Dian always treasured most of her time by analyzing the Mountain gorillas on a daily basis.In 1983 she wrote a book called the “Gorillas in the mist” which combined her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research centre which was later used as a guiding story in the 1988 film Gorillas in the mist.

During her time in Rwanda,She passionately supported conservation efforts and strongly fought against poaching of the wildlife.Dian sensitized a lot of people on the nature of these mountain Gorillas.On the other hand,her efforts in fighting poachers did not please most because in December 1985 she was brutally murdered in her cabin at a remote camp in Rwanda. Theory says it that her death was linked to her efforts of conservation and the fight against wildlife poachers.Dian Fossey was buried in her research center and her tomb late  become a tourist attraction in Rwanda and became the Dian Fossey foundation.

Protecting Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

The Mountain gorillas in Rwanda have been monitored and studied closely under the Dian Fossey Foundation since Dian Fossey began her work with them in 1967, after establishing the Karisoke Research Center. She started the process of habituating them to the presence of human observers, so that she could closely observe and document their behaviors, status, movements and other important information. Today, Fossey Fund trackers and researchers protect and study roughly half of all the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, with the other half protected by the Rwandan national park authorities.
The foundation has shown, using our 50-year database, that this type of daily presence in the forests is what is needed to protect these gorilla populations from the many threats they face, as well as to collect the information that is needed to provide the most effective conservation strategies. Tracker teams serve the role of both protection and data collection and are the key factor in saving the mountain gorilla population.