- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: December 19, 2004
The amazing story - both heartwarming and gut-wrenching - of the remarkable scientist who lived among the gorillas and helped the world understand them.
- The Leakeys, the famous paleontologists, actually influenced Fossey to become a primatologist.
- Fossey had her healthy appendix removed as a precaution before entering the bush.
- Sigourney Weaver was nominated for an Oscar® for her portrayal of Fossey in 1998's Gorillas in the Mist.
Dian Fossey realized a lifelong dream to work with animals when, at the age of 34, she uprooted her life and embarked on one of the most astounding adventures in modern science. The mountain gorillas of Rwanda would become her life, and it was for them that she would ultimately lose it.
BIOGRAPHY® tells her complete story in this insightful portrait.
Fossey broke new ground in primatology, essentially reinventing the science with her deeply embedded methodology and lyrical interpretation of gorilla behavior. She was considered the world's leading authority on the physiology and behavior of mountain gorillas, and portrayed them as dignified, highly social, 'gentle giants' with individual personalities and strong family relationships.
Hers was a life of sacrifice and adventure, lived half in the most exotic, remote spot on Earth and the other half in the halls of academia and campaigning worldwide for conservation. She was an international celebrity content to spend weeks alone in the jungle observing and interacting with "her" gorillas.
Fossey's savage murder in her jungle camp in December 1995, presumably at the hands of poachers, shocked the world.
Publicly controversial and privately impassioned, Dian Fossey is one of the most fascinating scientific personalities BIOGRAPHY® has had the good fortune of profiling.