Inspiration to become a biologist
• Dian Fossey was born in 1932 and had a difficult childhood. Parents were divorced as her father was a drunkard
• Her step-father treated her badly and financed little of her education
• She was intrigued by animals at a young age and this interest led her to enter college as a pre-veterinary student.
• However, she obtained a degree in occupational therapy.
• Although she had a good time communicating with children in her job, her love for animals was rekindled when she saw photos and stories from a friend who went Africa.
• Took a loan and went on a journey to Africa to met Dr. Louis Leakey and his wife Mary Leakey
• She was further inspired by the two famous biologists George Schaller and Jane Goodall.
• Explained she was extraordinary drawn to Africa and the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Congo.
• Through the support of Dr Leaky who funded her long term research project on mountain gorillas, he studied gorilla ecology, demography and social behavior.
• Imitated gorilla behavior and actions in order to gain their trust and this greatly helped in her research.
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She was the only child of George and Kitty Fossey. Her father drank heavily, causing a divorce when Dian was only three. She saw little of him afterwards. When Dian was five her mother married Richard Price. Price did not treat his new step-daughter well. He had her eat dinner in the kitchen with the housekeeper until she was ten. When she went to college, he financed little of her education.Her strong interest in animals led her to enter college as a pre-veterinary student. Soon, however, she switched to occupational therapy and obtained her degree from San Jose State College. Fossey became interested in Africa after seeing photos and hearing about Africa itself from a friend (Mary...