Birthday: January 16, 1932

17 Greatest Quotes By Dian Fossey

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. Dian Fossey
The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people. Dian Fossey
The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow. Dian Fossey
I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people. I can anticipate what a gorilla's going to do, and they're purely motivated. Dian Fossey
I had this great urge... I had it the day I was born. Some may call it destiny. My parents and friends called it dismaying. Dian Fossey
It is true that there comes a time when I do literally dream about McDonald's. I dream of supermarkets and drug stores, potato chips and the Sunday morning paper. Dian Fossey
There was no way that I could explain to dogs, friends, or parents my compelling need to return to Africa to launch a long-term study of the gorillas. Dian Fossey
It was their individuality combined with the shyness of their behavior that remained the most captivating impression of this first encounter with the greatest of the great apes. Dian Fossey
Gorillas are the largest of the great apes. A mature male may be six feet tall and weigh 400 pounds or more; his enormous arms can span eight feet. Dian Fossey
Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There's very little if any 'me-itis.' When I get back to civilization, I'm always appalled by 'me, me, me.'. Dian Fossey
One of the basic steps in saving a threatened species is to learn more about it: its diet, its mating and reproductive processes, its range patterns, its social behavior. Dian Fossey
Conservation of any endangered species must begin with stringent efforts to protect its natural habitat by the enforcement of rigid legislation against human encroachment into parks and other game sanctuaries. Dian Fossey
The extraordinary gentleness of the adult male with his young dispels all the King Kong mythology. Dian Fossey
I have made my home among the mountain gorillas. Dian Fossey
For captive gorillas, trees should be available to climb and material such as straw, branches, or bamboo supplied for nest building. Dian Fossey
If mountain gorillas are to survive and propagate, far more active conservation measures urgently need to be undertaken. The question remains, is it already too late? Dian Fossey
I cannot concur with those who advocate saving gorillas from extinction by killing and capturing more free-living individuals only to exhibit them in confinement. Dian Fossey