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"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."
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"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 These previously unpublished letters provide a unique and intimate portrait and bring to life the rewards and setbacks of Dian's years with the creatures who she called "the greatest of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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792293446
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,452,490
  • Product dimensions: 9.83 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Preface : a history of the mountain gorilla 9
Introduction : a passion for Africa 18
Ch. 1 1967, first base at Kabara 30
Ch. 2 1967-1970, the camp at Karisoke 48
Ch. 3 1970-1973, Cambridge and back 90
Ch. 4 1973-1977, power struggles 132
Ch. 5 1977-1980, the death of Digit 152
Epilogue : Digit's legacy 172
About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    The Dian Fossey biography to start with

    Nearly twenty years after the murder of Dian Fossey, Camilla de la Boyodere gives us a modern biographical update of the mysterious, tragic and inspiring life of Dian Fossey. When I first read the description of this book online, I expected a series of letters and pictures that would comprise a disjointed overview of Fossey's life. Instead, De la Boyodere ties these letters together with significant passages of biographical information. Though not as thorough as Harold Hayes' The Dark Romance of Diane Fossey, De la Boyodere largely succeeds with her attempt to cover the breadth of Fossey's intricate life story. One of the book's excellent features is the use of photos and graphics. There are pictures of many people people mentioned in other biographies on Diane Fossey and in Gorillas in the Mist that I had not seen before. I recommend that those interested in Dian Fossey start with No One Loved Gorillas More book because it is both comprehensive and visual, though not as detailed as the other major biographies by Hayes and Farley Mowat. This book is also brief enough to present the reader with a casual interest in Dian Fossey a more factual account of her life than the greatly ficticious movie Gorillas in the Mist or even the questionable account Dian Fossey gives about her own life in the book with the same title.

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