National Geographic : 1970 Jan
Seeking the life secrets of the mountain gorilla, 37-year-old Miss Dian AFRICA Fossey (below) left her job as an occupational therapist in California and AREAENLARGEDI . . . ATRIGHT _I journeyed to Africa, gaining assistance from the National Geographic Society upon the recommendation of eminent anthropologist Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey. Here, with bearers carrying her supplies, she strikes out for a new camp on Mount Visoke, background, after political turmoil forced her from a nearby base in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When poachers disturbed the Visoke go rillas, Miss Fossey donned a Halloween mask and frightened the intruders away. Line of peaks bordering Rwanda, Uganda, and the Congo (pictorial map, opposite) shelters about 375 Gorilla gorilla beringei, part of the 5,000 to 15,000 that survive in central Africa (map, right).