Wise Guys

A wandering mind with feet to match. I've always been a hippie, recently a nerd, but mostly a primate.
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Dian Fossey was an eminent primatologist and one of “Leakey’s Angels”, a group of three women sent out into the field to collect behavioural data of humanity’s closest living relatives: the apes. Dian traveled to the Virunga Mountains between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to study mountain gorillas in 1966, documenting their behaviour in their natural habitat. During her 18 years of research, Dian spoke out strongly against the illegal poaching of gorillas, and infuriated by the lack of enforcement, actively searched for and dismantled poachers’ traps. Her studies coincided with social and political unrest in the area, but through sheer determination Dian always managed to return to the field and to her gorillas. A yet unsolved mystery, Fossey was found murdered by machete on December 27, 1985.
She was a wonderful leader in the worlds of both conservation and primatology, and a personal hero to me.
Happy Birthday, Dian.

Dian Fossey was an eminent primatologist and one of “Leakey’s Angels”, a group of three women sent out into the field to collect behavioural data of humanity’s closest living relatives: the apes. Dian traveled to the Virunga Mountains between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to study mountain gorillas in 1966, documenting their behaviour in their natural habitat. During her 18 years of research, Dian spoke out strongly against the illegal poaching of gorillas, and infuriated by the lack of enforcement, actively searched for and dismantled poachers’ traps. Her studies coincided with social and political unrest in the area, but through sheer determination Dian always managed to return to the field and to her gorillas. A yet unsolved mystery, Fossey was found murdered by machete on December 27, 1985.

She was a wonderful leader in the worlds of both conservation and primatology, and a personal hero to me.

Happy Birthday, Dian.

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