The plight of one endangered species, the mountain gorilla, became well known throughout the world with the 1988 release of the movie Gorillas in the Mist, which told the amazing story of one woman’s struggle to study and save the gorilla. To complete this worksheet you need to view the film and complete the questions. At the end of the worksheet there is a guide to finding out more about Dian Fossey and the work she began in central Africa.
1 What was Dian Fossey’s occupation and why did she go to Africa?
2 Describe her first encounter with mountain gorillas.
3 List the threats to this endangered species as shown in the film.
4 Describe the natural environment of this region and the threats to this environment.
5 Who was Digit? What happens to him in the film and how does Dian react to this?
6 Describe what happened to Pucker and her family group. Explain why this happened.
7 What did Dian do to try and save the mountain gorillas?
8 Why do you think that she committed herself to saving this species from extinction?
9 What difficulties did Dian Fossey face in her quest to save the gorillas?
10 Some people might argue that helping the people of the region is more important than helping the gorillas. Agree or disagree with this point of view using evidence from the film to support your answer.
Would you like to know more?
The website of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (http://www.gorillafund.org/) contains all the information you need to find out more about this remarkable woman and the work that she began.