The Dian Fossey Grave Site in Rwanda –Rwanda Safaris News
Dian Fossey was zoologist as well as primatologist from America who gave up her life and resources for period of eighteen years carrying out wide research about the world endangered species of the mountain gorillas inhabited in the Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Exploring the grave site where this world fallen conservationist was laid to rest after her death is what travelers on their Rwanda safaris should not miss..
With the financial support from Louis and Mary Leakey who were running an anthropological research in the Africa’s prominent Oldvai Gorge in Tanzania, Dian forged her way through Democratic Republic of Congo where she first settled her camp at place called Kabara to begin her Research study about the rare species of the mountain gorillas in the year 1967.This interesting story can be only explored and listened by travelers who takes gorilla trekking safari to Rwanda’s volcano national park where the grave site of the American researcher is found.
On the month of July, 9, 1967, Dian received soldiers who forceful accompanied her plus her research helpers to Rumangabo a place where she was detained for two weeks before she escaped after bribing one of the guards and she found herself in Walter Baumgartel’s Travelers Rest Hotel in south western Uganda in Kisoro district. After arresting her escort in kisoro, Dian took advice she got from Leakey of not going back to Congo but start up her research Center in the Rwanda side particularly in the Volcanoes national park. The research Center was to be called karisoke after amalgamating the two names of Mount. Karisimbi and visoke found in the middle of Volcanoes Park.
On the month of September, year 1967, The American Researcher Fossey succeeded in establishing the Karisoke Research Center in the middle of the two virunga volcanoes of Karisimbi and Visoke a round in Ruhengeri village. Dian got challenge after setting up the research Center especially from the poachers who were against the suggestion of the researcher to protect and conserve the mountain gorillas, also the other challenge was that the gorillas in Rwanda side were not used to human beings unlike those in Congo where the researchers started from, hence she was forced to study the apes at distance.
The pronounced research began anti-poaching campaigns with the help of her staff team who could move in the park rescuing some of the mountain gorillas whose parents were killed by the local poachers .The activities of this lady helped to feed the world with information about the mountain gorillas which were inhabited in the volcanoes national park. This helped to increase mountain gorilla safaris to Rwanda because various people including the researchers and tourists were attracted to visit Rwanda.
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