Dian Fossey Tomb

dian fossey tomb


Take a visit to Dian Fossey's tomb as you participate in the Rwanda mountain gorilla trekking safari at Volcanoes national park. Dian Fossey was a conservationist & an American primatologist and anthropologist who dedicated her life to protecting Mountain Gorillas by conducting an 18 years research study regarding the fateful ape. Dian Fossey was raised with dejection from the stepfather when her mother had divorced Dian Fossey’s father, Dian Fossey found love in animals at a tender age.


Dian Fossey had ever participated in horse raiding before working on a farm with one of her hospital friends immediately after her graduation with a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State College in 1954 with Occupational Therapy. Dian Fossey's research studies was being funded and supported by Louis and Mary Leakey who were their anthropological research at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, Dian Fossey first did her research in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she started her camp at Kabara where she began another study on mountain gorillas in 1967.


Soldiers came to the camp in July/9/ 1967 to escort Dian Fossey to her research workers, which is when she was locked up at Rumangabo for about two weeks.  Dian Fossey got her way out of DRC with a bribe to Walter Baumgärtel’s who used to work at Travelers Rest Hotel in Kisoro, then she was arrested by the Uganda military team. Dian Fossey followed a piece of advice from Leakey, Dian Fossey gave up on researching in Congo and instead started her research Centre in Rwanda along the Virunga zone, Dian Fossey established her camp between Mt. Karisimbi and Bisoke, which was later popular as Karisoke which came to a combination of two names, Karisimbi and Bisoke.


On 1967 September 24, Dian Fossey started the Karisoke Research Center, remote in the tropical rainforest camp standing deep in Ruhengeri province situated between two chained Virunga volcanoes of Mount Bisoke and Mount Karisimbi. Mount Karisimbi stands about 3,000 meters above sea levels and Mount Bisoke covers about 25 square kilometers.


Dian Fossey began her anti-poaching campaigns with a small team, that carried out patrols while rescuing young gorillas whose parents were murdered during poaching. Dian Fossey's study on gorillas was aimed at protecting those gorillas in the western side of Volcanoes national park where she was based but other gorillas where she was not reaching were still suffering the plight.


Dian Fossey was named by locals as Nyiramacibiri or Nyirmachabelli, which means that “the woman who stays alone in the mountain’. Dian Fossey conducted her studies perfectly, she was favored and loved by mountain gorillas, Dian Fossey has befriended a silverback called a digit. Digit dead in 1978 was a big heartbreak to Dian since he used to protect a baby gorilla called Kweli from poachers.


Dian Fossey’s team patrols for poachers led to the arrest of many poachers and later were subjected to jail sentences. Dian Fossey was murdered on the 27th-December- 1985 by unknown people at her research institute.


Dian Fossey was buried at Karisoke in her Research center near her deceased gorilla friends. Dian Fossey was buried near Digit her most beloved mountain gorilla, Dian Fossey Memorial services were also held in New York, California, and Washington. A hike to Dian Fossey's tomb can be combined with mountain gorilla trekking encounters at Volcanoes national park.