Who was Dian Fossey? : When you think about gorilla trekking in Africa, somewhere Dian Fossey’s named will be mentioned as one of the pioneers for gorilla trekking in Africa. the activity which will give you the chance to watch a number of rewarding gorilla species that you will get to observe when you visit the different gorilla trekking destinations in Africa which will give you the opportunity to observe a number of rewarding features of the primates in the wild for a memorable gorilla trekking experience in Africa. For many that do not know who dian Fossey is, her contribution in the sustainability of gorillas in Africa and also gorilla trekking as an activity, in this article we shall help you understand more about her contribution in the history of the gorillas in Africa and the world at large for a memorable Rwanda safari experience.
Dian Fossey’s work
Before Dian Fossey became a primatologist who dedicated her entire adult life researching and taking care of the gorillas in Africa. Dian Fossey had interned in a number of hospitals were she gained a compassionate heart because she used to care of tuberculosis patients, she was also a director of the occupational therapy department.
However, as she was in Kentucky she used to visit a number of farms to take care of the animals and this made her to love the animals however she yearned to watch other animals in the wild and after a friend made her way back from Africa from a safari she fell in love with the continent and the wildlife and this prompted her to get a loan that would finance her. She went ahead to visit a number of destinations in Africa.
Her trip to Tanzania where she met Dr. Leakey changed her life where she also got meet jane Goodall and this also cemented her love for the primates because jane focused on the chimpanzees in the wild and Dian Fossey was interested in understanding more about the mountain gorillas which she had fallen in love with after camping with Alan root and Joan root who were photographers from Kenya that were observing the behaviour of the gorillas in the wild which in the way led to her increased love for the gorillas in the wild as she was able to go to the gorillas in the wild, she photographed the species and also developed a film which she showcased when they made her way back to Louisville. But because she had to repay back her loan, she went back to her job but when Dr. Leakey made his way TO her town she met with him and judging from the articles and the short films she has published that had gained popularity he was able to secure a funding for Dian Fossey and this spearheaded her research in the Africa.
It should be noted that Dian Fossey started her research on the gorillas in the mist in Virunga National Park however with the insecurity in the park which also led to her kidnap by the rebels but fortunately she was able to escape to Uganda where he settled for some time and later moved to Volcanoes national park in Rwanda where she continued her research on the mountain gorillas and was able to introduce gorilla habituation and also helped to discover a number of issues that were affecting the gorillas in the wild like poaching and she went an extra mile to fight against the poachers in the wild like burning and destroying their poaching gear, she also burnt their villages and killed their dogs so as to avoid them from carrying out the illegal practice and in a way, this led to her gaining more haters, she was able to understand the fact that the gorillas are vulnerable species that can easily contract a number of diseases in the park.
With the many enemies she had gained, it was no surprise that she was found dead in her cabin after being slaughtered by a machete by an unknown suspect which was a huge blow to conservationists however her research had impacted the conservation of the gorillas in the wild which has made a number of activities possible like;
Today travellers can participate in gorilla trekking in a number of destination which will give you the chance to understand more about how the gorillas behave in the wild and this can be seen when you participate in gorilla trekking in kahuzi biega national park which will give you access to the eastern lowland gorillas, you can also get to see the mountain gorillas by participating in gorilla trekking in Uganda, that is gorilla trekking in Mgahinga national park, gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park where you can also participate in gorilla habituation in Uganda and you can also take part in gorilla trekking in Rwanda where you will get to take part in gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park. Travellers can also participate in gorilla trekking in Virunga national park where you can also visit the Senkwenkwe gorilla orphanage to understand more about the species in captivity as you enjoy spending more time with the gorillas to understand more about them for an amazing safari experience.