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Dian Fossey’s Grave

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International  © Azurfrog
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International © Azurfrog

American zoologist Dian Fossey became famous for her dedication to studying and protecting endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Her 18-year study inspired the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist, and promoted primate conservation worldwide. She was murdered in 1985, and buried at Karisoke, a gravesite she had constructed for gorillas. The Karisoke Research Camp that was her base sits between two volcanoes, Mt Visoke and Mt Karisimbi and stands at an altitude of 3,000m (9,000ft). The journey to her grave involves a five-hour trek and, though the cabins and buildings are gone, visitors may glimpse buffalo, elephants and even gorillas.