Primatologist Dian Fossey predicted the species would go extinct by 2000, but intense monitoring and care have given the great apes a second chance.
"It's good to be loved. It's profound to be understood."
"Dian undoubtedly saved a species," Sir David Attenborough said.
As a scientist, explorer and conservationist, I have spent much of my professional life in the rainforests of the world trying to understand and preserve these incredible and irreplaceable ecosystems. To many it seems unusual that a former NFL cheerleader would choose to go and live in some of the most remote places on earth and brave all the undeniable challenges and occasional dangers of living in a tropical rain forest.
Finally, some good news from Africa. Gorillas are fighting back against poachers in the bloody 'War Against Nature.'
Fossey-Fosse's unique childhood, spent with both the gorillas of Rwanda and the dancers of Broadway, paved the way for his pioneering work in mating dance science. In his Dance Lab, he tests the effectiveness of specific dance moves from the animal kingdom on arousal levels in human females.
Dian Fossey plays with a group of young mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains in central Africa on May 10, 1982
Part memoir, part conservation guide, and part political analysis of modern day Rwanda, Bernard De Wetter's Back in Rwanda does a good job with memoir and conservation, but falls short in other areas. De Wetter is a good writer, but he did not understand Dian Fossey.
The world will never dispatch a savior to Congo who, like the paraplegic Marine Jake in the James Cameron epic Avatar, will damn self-serving interests and decide to protect a unique world and complicated society.
A recent Animalfair.com readership study found that 84% of pet parents will give their furry pals gifts this holiday season. Here are a few different ways you can give gifts that make a difference!