Fossey Day

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Fossey (Dian) Day

December 27
Over the course of her career, American conservationist Dian Fossey (1932–1985) conducted groundbreaking research on Rwanda's mountain gorillas, a species long victimized by wide-scale poaching. Her advocacy on behalf of the gorillas also helped ensure their preservation. At the age of 53, Fossey was murdered in her cabin at a research center in the Virunga Mountains on December 27, 1985. For Rwandans and conservationists, the anniversary of her death honors a legacy that draws attention to the plight of a rare animal species and helps promote eco-tourism.
Ceremonies take place in Volcanoes National Park, which is the site of Fossey's murder and contains a permanent memorial to the zoologist. Individuals typically perform traditional dances, while government officials deliver speeches and lay wreaths on her grave site.
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315-1440
800-851-0203 or 404-624-5881; fax: 404-624-5999
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