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

-Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey

None of the three great apes is considered ancestral to modern man, Homo sapiens, but they remain the only other type of extant primate with which human beings share such close physical characteristics. From them we may learn much concerning the behavior of our earliest primate prototypes, because behavior, unlike bones, teeth, or tools, does not fossilize.

Dian Fossey
[About gorillas] You take these fine, regal animals. How many (human) fathers have the same sense of paternity? How many human mothers are more caring? The family structure is unbelievably strong.
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
The man who kills the animals today is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.
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
I have no friends. The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.
Dian Fossey

I have no friends.

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

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.