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Gloucestershire, Google Doodle and Gorillas in the Mist

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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Today's Google Doodle features world renowned conservationist and Gorillas in the Mist inspiration Dian Fossey.

Dian Fossey was an American zoologist famous for her studies of mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

She was murdered in 1985 and today would have been her 82nd birthday.

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

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Stroud-based conservationist Ian Redmond, 59, from Rodborough, started his career as a biologist working with the ground-breaking researcher Fossey to study Rwandan mountain gorillas.

His work was immortalised in the film of Gorillas in the Mist, starring Sigorney Weaver as Dian.

Ian is depicted in the film as ‘the worm boy,’ the research assistant who studied parasites.

Ian later helped actress Sigourney Weaver better understand the character of Fossey and taught Sigourney to grunt like a gorilla.

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