• A Legendary Biography

    Among the most legendary scientists of our time, Dian Fossey went to Africa at the urging of famed anthropologist Louis Leakey and began her groundbreaking studies of gorilla behavior. She faced and overcame many obstacles and ultimately gave her life to gorilla protection.

  • Founding Karisoke,
    September 1967

    Dian Fossey set up two small tents in the Virunga wilderness and coined the name "Karisoke," after nearby Mt. Karisimbi and Mt. Bisoke. Karisoke has since become the world’s centerpiece for gorilla research and conservation, producing most of our scientific knowledge about gorillas.

  • A Lasting Legacy

    From showing what one person with courage and commitment can do, to creating innovations in science and conservation, Dian Fossey truly created a lasting legacy. She is immortalized today as well through the gorilla population that still lives on, due to the work she started.

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A Legendary Biography

Among the most legendary scientists of our time, Dian Fossey went to Africa at the urging of famed anthropologist Louis Leakey and began her groundbreaking studies of gorilla behavior. She faced and overcame many obstacles and ultimately gave her life to gorilla protection.

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  • Karisoke
  • Biography

Founding Karisoke, September 1967

Dian Fossey set up two small tents in the Virunga wilderness and coined the name "Karisoke," after nearby Mt. Karisimbi and Mt. Bisoke. Karisoke has since become the world’s centerpiece for gorilla research and conservation, producing most of our scientific knowledge about gorillas.

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A Lasting Legacy

From showing what one person with courage and commitment can do, to creating innovations in science and conservation, Dian Fossey truly created a lasting legacy. She is immortalized today as well through the gorilla population that still lives on, due to the work she started.

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