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Remembering Dian Fossey: “The woman who gave her life to save the gorillas”
This week we are commemorating 30 years since the untimely death of pioneer primatologist Dian Fossey and celebrating her ground-breaking contribution to gorilla conservation.
Would there be any gorillas left without her dedication to their cause?
December 26, 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of Dian Fossey’s murder.
In this BBC Earth article, entitled “The woman who gave her life to save the gorillas” Melissa Hogenboom introduces us to the life and work of this incredible woman. The article also features commentary and photos from renowned conservationist Ian Redmond.
In this short video clip, Praveen Moman, Founder of Volcanoes Safaris, discusses Dian Fossey's legacy and the importance that ethically managed ecotourism plays in the protection of the mountain gorillas. Praveen was interviewed by Asha Tanna from TRT World, a recently launched global channel that is based in Istanbul.
A visit to Dian Fossey's grave - and the grave of her favourite gorilla Digit - is a popular day trip from Virunga Lodge.
Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.
Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.