- Books, Literature, and Writing»
Book Review of Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey
In the Beginning
Dian Fossey, was a remarkable and selfless woman, who did all that she could to ensure the lives and well-being of the nearly extinct mountain gorilla of Rwanda, Zaire and Uganda through the efforts of Karisoke Research Center, which she founded.
Her work began in 1967 and continued until 1983, a small segment of time to study a species and attempt to help it proliferate.
Own Your Own Copy!
She and an assortment of students and African staff worked zealously and above and beyond the call of duty to eradicate the selfish work of poachers. Not only did the poachers cause grave harm, death, and suffering to the mountain gorilla, they also cruelly caused injury and death to other species, as well.
Sadly, a third world country with people so poor that they will do anything for their survival, including nearly eradicating an entire species. Even officials in these countries will sell these wonderful animals to get money and vehicles for their organizations without a second thought.
Saddest of all, these mountain gorillas, when confronted by traps, guns, arrows and bows, as well as spears, can only fight for their lives as best they can. This causes the upheaval of life of the species as they know it, which includes infanticide, deaths of other animals within their familial groups, and emotional trauma for the cruelly captured animals that have survived their first round with human beings. Dian Fossey was then looked upon to try to repair these animals both mentally and physically.
What We Can Do
Unfortunately, when it comes to the almighty dollar, the animals are always the ones to suffer. They cannot afford due process, medical care, or even blood money to ensure their survival.
That is where you and I come into the picture. One of the mountain gorillas that was cruelly killed was named Digit. The Digit Fund was established to try to help fund the work of anti-poaching operations, and it still exists, but has been renamed. Tax deductible donations may be made to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E., Atlanta, GA 30315, telephone 800-851-0203.
This book is a must-read for everyone that wants to know what really happens with animals that have been captured and sold for profit. It is not pretty, but it will enlighten all to the injustices that humanity can create, and turn a blind eye to it, all at the same time. This is why there have been trusts created, and organizations begun to save animals before there are none left.
So please, the next time that you are solicited for a donation from these organizations, remember that these animals really are on the verge of extinction and once they are gone, it is over. We will never see them again to experience their beauty, for they have lost their freedom forever. We must be grateful that we have ours, for it is the humans that run the planet.
- Helping People. Saving Gorillas. - The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
We are dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Join us in helping people and saving gorillas.