American zoologist, was born in San Francisco in 1932 and died in 1985 in Rwanda. His research on the mountain gorilla turned it into all an authority on the subject.
Fossey graduated in 1954 in occupational therapy from San Jose State College and worked at a Kentucky hospital with children suffering problems. But his life changed when in 1960 he read the work of American zoologist George Schaller, first scientist dedicated to the study of gorillas of Zaire. In 1963, Fossey traveled to Africa and there contacted the anthropologist Louis Leakey, who was convinced that the gorillas could provide interesting facts about human evolution, and encouraged her to carry out a comprehensive study on the mountain gorillas. Diane discovered a set of populations that a community of 220 individuals, formed in the volcanic mountains that separate Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda.
For 22 years he investigated the social behavior and ecology of these animals in their natural environment, each of the individual knew that he understood their field of study and provided hitherto unknown knowledge, some of them similar to those obtained by Jane Goodall with chimpanzee.See gorilla.
In 1967 he founded, in their field of study, the center of Karisoke Research Centre for research of the gorillas, and in 1974 earned a doctorate in zoology from the University of Cambridge.
He wrote a book entitled thirteen years with gorillas (1984), where are collected best observations and his life to given origin to the film made in 1988 that takes by title gorillas in the mist.
She died in 1985 murdered in their camp, probably at the hands of poachers, as a result of the intense fighting that practiced to curb the poaching carza of these and other animals. Thanks to her, today the gorillas are fully protected by the Government of Rwanda and several international communities.