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Dian Fossey (January 16, 1932 – December 26, 1985) was an American zoologist. She is best known for studying gorillas in Rwanda, Africa.

Fossey studied the lives of mountain gorillas for many years. Some of the people who lived in the area did not like her because of her beliefs about how the gorillas should be treated. She did not want them in zoos or to be harassed by tourists or killed for meat.

Many people think she is a hero for what she did to help gorillas. There is a movie that was made based on what she experienced in Africa. It is called Gorillas in the Mist. Her book, also named Gorillas in the Mist is the best selling book on gorillas of all time.

She was recognized for saving mountain gorillas and started a successful fund to help raise money for gorillas everywhere. Her head was cut by a panga, a local weapon used by poachers.

Fossey was buried at the site she created as a graveyard for the gorillas.

"When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future."

—The last words in Fossey's journal.

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