Dian Fossey January 16, 1932 – December 27, 1985
Most of what we know about gorillas today is thanks to Dian Fossey. She studied gorillas for 18 years and even achieved the hard task of becoming accepted into their community. Often times infant gorillas were taken from their mothers for personal profit. In order to do this, almost always, the mother gorilla would have to be killed. During her time she spent with the gorillas two infant gorillas she knew were taken. Outraged by this Dian Fossey kidnapped a human baby from the poachers village and would not return the baby until the gorilla infants were returned. They were returned, but in 1985 Dian Fossey was murdered in her cabin. Dian was killed by a machete, a known weapon poachers used. The machete actually split her skull and face open. Dian’s frightened expression was frozen on her face and the murderer was never found. Despite the fact that it’s outlawed gorilla poaching is still around today and threatens the very existence of their kind.
Jane Goodall - April 3rd, 1934
Most of what we know about chimpanzees today is thanks to Jane Goodall. She studied chimpanzees for 45 years gaining their trust and also gaining a great love for them. One mother chimpanzee even did the unthinkable and let Jane interact with and hold her infant. In return Jane let the mother chimp hold her own baby, Hugo. Jane Goodall used unconventional (but in my opinion better!) practices in her study, for example, she was one of the first to name individuals instead of number them. Jane Goodall is the former president of Advocates for Animals, an organization based in Edinburgh, Scotland, that campaigns against the use of animals in medical research, zoos, farming and sport. She is still alive today and does her part in helping out not only chimpanzees but all other animals on this Earth.
These days are the hardest, and the further it gets pushed into the past, the harder the weight pushes on my chest.
It never gets easier.
the air weighs more for them