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Google doodles celebrates 82nd birthday of American zoologist Dian Fossey

New Delhi: Today Google is celebrating the 82nd birthday of late American zoologist Dian Fossey with a Doodle on its search page.Fossey was born on January 16, 1932 in San Francisco, California, USA.The doodle features
India TV News Desk January 16, 2014 6:59 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Today Google is celebrating the 82nd birthday of late American zoologist Dian Fossey with a Doodle on its search page.

Fossey was born on January 16, 1932 in San Francisco, California, USA.

The doodle features a large number of gorillas and Dian Fossey taking notes.

Dian Fossey studied gorillas living in the mountain forests of Rwanda, Africa, in great depth over a period of 18 years.

Her 1983 book, Gorillas in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story.

Dian Fossey has interest in animals since her childhood and earlier she wanted to become a veterinarian so she joined San Jose State College. While in college she changed her major to occupational therapy; however, her love for animals never faltered.

By 1966, she had won funding from the National Geographic Society and the Wilkie Brothers' Foundation to begin a research project in the Congo.  

In 1967, she founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda's Parc National des Volcans.

Fossey died in 1985 in her cabin at Karisoke. In subsequent years her legacy has grown through the Fossey Fund's programs, which are dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.