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One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, Gorillas in the Mist is the riveting account of Dian Fossey's thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes. Fossey's extraordinary efforts to ensure the future of the rain forest and its remaining mountain gorillas are captured in her own words and in candid photographs of this fascinating endangered species. As only she could, Fossey combined her personal adventure story with groundbreaking scientific reporting in an unforgettable portrait of one of our closest primate relatives. Although Fossey's work ended tragically in her murder, Gorillas in the Mist remains an invaluable testament to one of the longest-running field studies of primates and reveals her undying passion for her subject.
Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist and anthropologist who studied gorillas over a period of 18 years in the mountain forests of Rwanda. Her best-known work, Gorillas in the Mist, was adapted into a 1988 film starring Sigourney Weaver. Fossey was murdered in 1985.
"Knuckle-walking, crouching, crawling and vocalizing in the Virungas, Dr Fossey was winning the hearts of scores of gorillas [...] Fascinating"
– Paul Theroux, Sunday Times
"One of the year's bestsellers [...] I recommend her book"
– The Times
"Fossey firmly establishes these animals in the world where they belong"
"A classic of its kind."
"A fascinating combination of breathtaking adventure and absolute devotion to a cause."
– Farley Mowat