The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.

-Dian Fossey
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
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

There are times when one cannot accept facts for fear of shattering one's being. As I listened to Ian's news, all of Digit's life, since my first meeting with him as a playful little ball of black fluff ten years earlier, passed through my mind. From that moment on, I came to live within an insulated part of myself.

Dian Fossey
I have no friends.
Dian Fossey

The extraordinary gentleness of the adult male with his young dispels all the King Kong mythology.

Dian Fossey
Active conservation [of gorillas] involves simply going out into the forest, on foot, day after day after day, attempting to capture poachers, killing-regretfully-poacher dogs, which spread rabies within the park, and cutting down traps.
Dian Fossey

The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people. Dian Fosse

Dian Fossey
The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.
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
I have no friends. The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.