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Google doodle celebrates American zoologist Dian Fossey`s 82nd birthday

By Shruti Saxena | Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 10:26

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Search giant Google on Thursday marked the 82nd birthday of American zoologist Dian Fossey by posting an interesting doodle on its homepage.
The doodle features a number of gorillas with one touching Fossey`s hair while she is busy making notes. Google seems to be written in the midst of gorillas, mountains and greenery.

Born in San Francisco on January 1932, Fossey was an American zoologist who undertook studies on gorilla groups over a period of 18 long years. She was educated at the University of California.

In 1963, Fossey met renowned palaeoanthropologist Dr Louis Leakey in Africa, who told her about the need of research on gorillas. It was after she met Leakey, Fossey undertook study of the mountain gorillas over thousands of hours and path breaking research on the primates.
Fossey`s research was funded by the Wilkie Foundation and the Leakey Home, with primary funding from the National Geographic Society.

In 1983, Fossey published Gorillas in the Mist, an account of her life and work at Karisoke. The book became an international best seller.

Fossey was murdered in the bedroom of her cabin in Rwanda in 1985 after she fought a long battle to protect mountain gorillas.

First Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:45
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