Dian Fossey

                                                         By: Emma F

She waited and waited while hours passed by, yet she never moved for anything. In the bushes and trees she watched, one by one, even if just one was having fun. She was courageous, brave, and full of love every day. What’s her name? That’s right the one and only Dian Fossey! She had no friends besides the animals of the wilderness. The only things that excited her were the lovely gorillas. She thought of herself as a jungle lady and she didn’t care what anybody said. That’s why I am nominating her for the Robert Burns Award. She persevered through the tough times even though sometimes she should have given up.

Her younger years were tough. Between her parents getting divorced when she was six and people treating her like she was invisible. She had a thin body with not very much fat, but she refused to eat meat because she thought it too hurtful to kill animals. Later in life her step father wanted her to go to business school but she wanted to go to veterinarian school. Sadly she failed in all of her classes. But in most of her free time she would write about rare gorillas while she was planning for Africa.

Later in her life she got the chance of a lifetime. Her writing got into the newspaper! Dr.Leakey, a famous anthropologist, arrived in her hometown of Louisville and grabbed the newspaper and read the articles written by Fossey. Later when Fossey met Dr.Leakey she joined crowds flocking to hear some of Dr.Leakey's best discoveries. He was very impressed by her work and he decided to ask if she wanted to work for him. It was an opportunity Fossey couldn’t afford to pass by. Dian got asked to go to Africa by Dr. Leakey. After Africa she became one of the best-known twentieth century primatologists! (They study apes, gorillas, and humans.) During her studies she found out how they communicate, and how they act around people and other gorillas. Fossey has devoted all of her time to helping gorillas for the last 20 years of her life. Fossey showed a lot of self sacrifice fighting for the gorillas. While Fossey was in Africa she was introduced to Jane Goodall. Jane and Dian first started working with orangutans then each progressed up to a different kind animal.

Fossey watched for years, and as time went on the gorillas started leaving the habitat one by one. The poachers had come, yet Dian didn’t know until one day she found the gorillas in boxes with the poachers guarding them. That was a difficult time while she had to watch the gorillas leave one by one.

Coco and Pucker were two baby gorillas that Dian cared for while the poachers were after them. Coco came first then Pucker. They were both separated from their families. Fossey had to feed and give them nutrients with blueberries and blackberries because she knew it wouldn’t be long till they were gone. Coco and Pucker had a fierce battle, and sadly they lost the battle and the gorillas were sent to be studied by scientists. Then male gorillas sacrificed their lives trying to save Coco and Pucker from the nasty poachers. But that sacrifice went different than how they wanted. Fossey buried all the gorillas herself when they left the wonderful jungle of Africa. Once again this is why I nominate her for the Robert Burns award.

“Dian is dead, Dian is dead!” Yelled McGuire. A fellow primatologist with Dian. McGuire found Dians dead body laying on the wooden planks of her cabin. He found a deep cut from her forehead too her nose, and across her cheek to. She had been hit by a machete, and all of her belongings were broken and smashed, yet nothing was stolen other than the $3,000 and some jewelry too. She was buried right next to the gorilla Digit.

As you can see Dian Fossey was a wonderful lady, who sacrificed her life for the mountain gorillas that weren’t her own kind. She cared about them and loved them more than anything. Fossey was touching the heart of nature one gorilla at a time.

Works Cited

Jerome, Leah. Dian Fossey. New York: Bantam Skylark Book, 1991. Print. Citation 1

Wood, Richard, and Sara Barton-Wood. Dian Fossey. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2001. Print. Citation 2

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