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Dian Fossey is today’s Google Doodle!

January 16, 2014

Today is the birthday of the late Dian Fossey, an American zoologist and primatologist who lived with and studied Rwandan gorillas for 18 years. She’s also the subject of the film Gorillas in the Mist, based on a book she wrote of the same name. In an interview with National Geographic, Fossey said of her work;

I discovered that these powerful but shy and gentle animals accepted and responded to my attentions when I acted like a gorilla. So I learned to scratch and groom and beat my chest. I imitated my subjects’ vocalizations (hoots, grunts, and belches), munched the foliage they ate, kept low to the ground and deliberate in movement—in short, showed that my curiosity about them matched theirs toward me.

A controversial figure, Fossey worked tirelessly against poaching and habitat destruction, and this may have led to her murder in 1985. Dian Fossey was buried in a graveyard she created for her gorillas who were victims of poachers.

Click here to learn more about the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

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