DIAN FOSSEY COLLECTION

The Dian Fossey exhibit celebrates the life and work of Dian Fossey (1932-1985)whose multi-year studies of gorilla communities in Africa are still without equal. Fossey is believed to have been murdered by poachers in a remote part of Rwanda.

Last year, the United Nations Environmental Programme Convention on Migratory Species, the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums joined hands to declare 2009 the Year of the Gorilla. Brenau University celebrated the event with the opening of the Fossey exhibit as part of a series of activities.

The collection can now be viewed again after receiving numerous updates. The partnership agreement with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International was developed by Dr. Helen Ray. Melissa Hozey (mhozey@brenau.edu) is the curator of the exhibit and can supply more information about the wealth of items shown in the Trustee Library.

The exhibit features an unusual combination of cultural artifacts, photographs, and personal items. In this informative video, Melissa Hozey interviews Dr. Tara Stoinksi, Mcgrath Chair of Conservation and Science for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. Dr. Stoinski talks viewers through the exhibit, explaining Fossey’s life and work.

Click here to view the video.

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