Gorillas in the Mist...
The title of both a book and movie. The book, written by Dian Fossey, is about her own experiences in the Mountains of Africa observing the Mountain Gorillas. The movie, about Dian Fossey, portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, is incredible. Both are well worth your time.
Dian Fossey went to Africa and began studying the Gorillas in the 60's. In 1967 she started the Karisoke Research Center. The goal of the Karisoke Research Center, located in Rwanda, is to protect the highly endangered Mountain Gorilla, protect their habitat, study the Gorillas themselves and to provide services for the needy community as well.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International has continued Dian's pioneering and important work after her death. There are fewer than 800 Mountain Gorillas left in the world, and other species of Gorilla are endangered as well. Their habitat is at risk due to wars and human expansion. Their lives are at risk from poaching.
|Dian Fossey with her mountain gorillas - source|
For as little as $40 you can "adopt" a gorilla through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Monies received go to continue the very important work began by Dian to protect the Gorillas, study them, rescue and rehabilitate them if needed, and to gain a greater understanding of our closest non-human relative.
Gorillas are amazing creatures and there are few of them left in our world. Please consider visiting The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International website to learn more.
|mother and baby - source|