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
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

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

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

Dian Fossey
I had a wonderful contact, especially with Uncle Bert who was an angel and led the whole group over to my side of a steep ravine I could not cross to get over to them
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
[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.