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Dian Fossey: the woman who spent her life protecting endangered mountain gorillas

January 15, 2017

Dian Fossey: the woman who spent her life protecting endangered mountain gorillas

To celebrate what would have been Dian Fossey's 85th birthday we wanted to take a moment to recognise her incredible achievements. 

Prior to her work, gorillas were seen as a violent species, dangerous to humans. She was the first primatologist who changed that perception. By living in the forest of Rwanda alongside a group of mountain gorillas she was able to show the world their gentle side.

With a lot of patience, and by imitating their movements, she gained the gorillas’ trust and was able to observe them undisturbed. Through this time she discovered the key role played by the "silverback" male in each family group.

During her life time, her work earned her a lot of enemies amongst the poacher community and she was murdered in December 1985. Although Fossey’s life was cut short, her work has continued through the Karisoke Research Center which she founded in 1967.  

At Gorilla Socks we are incredibly proud to partner with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. With each pair of colorful bamboo socks for men that you buy we will donate at least 10% to the gorilla fund. Our socks are made from bamboo fiber and are the perfect addition to the dapper gentleman's wardrobe. Head over to our home page to upgrade your sock game and be sure to follow the link below to discover more about the incredible life of Dian Fossey. 





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