Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey devoted 18 years of her life to studying and protecting Mountain gorillas in Africa, and made her home in the Virunga range of volcanoes that straddles the borders of Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
In 1968 National Geographic photographer Bob Campbell went to live with her, and photographed Dian’s daily routine (see below): confronting cattle herders in the park, monitoring gorilla groups, fetching supplies from town, organizing anti-poaching patrols, and writing up her notes at her “Karisoke” research centre (so named because it sat in the saddle between Mt Visoke and Mt Karisimbe).

Bob and Dian subsequently became romantically involved, as was told in the movie Gorillas in the Mist. Dian was murdered in 1985 and is buried in the gorilla graveyard at Karisoke.