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Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey Rating:

Dian Fossey researched mountain gorillas in Africa's Virunga mountains for eighteen years, forming a close bond with them. Her strong feelings for them made her an anti-poaching activist. The gorillas have survived today, largely due to her efforts.

"Gorgeous photography and a fascinating story combine to create a fitting tribute to Dian Fossey and her study of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda and the Congo. Frequent use of quotes from her journals and full-color photographs of the zoologist at work provide insight into her dedication to primate study and her later crusade to thwart the poaching and killing of mountain gorillas." -- School Library Journal

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" Many of the photos of Fossey and the gorillas are outstanding for their clarity, composition, and lighting. Although the photos of Fossey will greatly appeal to young readers, the text makes clear that Karisoke was no Eden. Matthews discusses the controversy Fossey's work engendered, the killing of gorillas by poachers, and Fossey's murder in 1985... Young people, particularly those intrigued by the many volumes on Jane Goodall's primate research, will find this book well worth reading." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Tom Mathews
ISBN 0792273001
Publication Date Jul 1, 1998
Publisher National Geographic Children's Books
Language English