Dian Fossey’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Jan 16, 1932

Death Date

Dec 27, 1985

Age of Death

53 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Dec 27, 1985



The zoologist Dian Fossey died at the age of 53. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

American zoologist who studied gorilla groups in Rwanda and was an advocate against poaching. Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist shed light on the mountain gorillas at Karisoke Research Center. 

Her father, George E. Fossey III, was a US Navy sailor. She was romantically involved with National Geographic photographer Bob Campbell. 



“When you realize the value of all life, you dwell on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.” (Dian Fossey)


“Any observer is an intruder in the domain of a wild animal and must remember that the rights of that animal supersede human interests. An observer must also keep in mind that an animal’s memories of one day’s contact might well be reflected in the following day’s behavior.” (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)


“The mountain gorilla faces grave danger of extinction – primarily because of the encroachments of native man upon its habitat – and neglect by civilized man, who does not conscientiously protect even the limited areas now allotted for the gorilla’s survival.” (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)