No One Loved Gorillas More
Dian Fossey, Letters From the MistBook - 2005
A collection of previously unpublished letters written by Dian Fossey captures her fearless spirit, outspoken activism, and the trials, setbacks, and joys of the eighteen years of her life that she dedicated to the study and preservation of the mountain gorilla.
Blackwell North Amer
In the early hours of December 27, 1985, Dian Fossey was murdered in her cabin by an unknown attacker - "No One Loved Gorillas More" are the words inscribed upon her gravestone. For 18 years, Dian had lived among the mountain gorillas of central Africa, dedicating all her energy to protecting them. Living in basic conditions at Karisoke, the research center she established below the steep ravines of a rain-shrouded volcano in Rwanda, Dian gradually became accepted by the apes she encountered and developed an extraordinary bond with them.
Undeterred by the instability of the tribal and political wars raging around her, Dian struggled against poachers, Rwandan officials' opposition, ill health, personal tragedy, and the isolation of her surroundings with indefatigable obstinacy and unstinting determination. She collected a vast amount of data and her work became the world's primary focus for mountain gorilla conservation and research. She raised money to pay for anti-poaching measures, set up the first ranger patrols in Rwanda, and through the pages of National Geographic magazine and her book Gorillas in the Mist, focused international attention on the plight of the great apes.
Here, for the time, Dian's story is told through the letters she wrote to her friends and family, set in context by a compelling narrative. These previously unpublished letters provide a unique and intimate portrait and bring to life the rewards and setbacks of Dian's years with the creatures who she called "the greatest of the great apes." These impressive yet shy animals are photographed by Bob Campbell, who worked closely with Dian and captured many unique and extraordinary images.
Presents a collection of letters written by Dian Fossey that captures her spirit, activism, setbacks, and triumphs during the eighteen years she spent studying and preserving mountain gorillas.
Simon and Schuster
In December 1985, Dr. Dian Fossey's body was discovered at Karisoke, the research station she had established high in the Virunga mountains of Africa, and where she dedicated 18 years of her life to the study and preservation of the endangered mountain gorilla. In that time Dian had struggled against ill health, opposition from the authorities, poachers, personal tragedy, and the isolation of Karisoke's remote location. Her strength of will, her outspoken nature, and her all-consuming passion for the gorillas earned her renown and respect and helped bring the plight of these magnificent creatures and her groundbreaking observations on their behavior to the world's attention. No One Loved Gorillas More is a powerful reminder of what Dian was fighting for. These imposing, intelligent yet shy creatures are dramatically captured in photographs by Bob Campbell, who worked closely with Dian for several years. And compelling letters written by Dian herself bring to life her fearless spirit, and the trials, setbacks, and joys of her years spent at Karisoke. Published in association with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and enhanced with details of the gorilla families she loved so much, this heartfelt, lively, and dramatic book tells Dian's story in her own words, providing a unique perspective of a unique woman. Foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall.