| 2 | | One day, a young male gorilla she named Peanuts, came over and touched her hand. After some time, Dian earned their trust and was able to sit with the gorillas and play with them and their babies.
Dian's favourite gorilla was a young male named Digit. | 3 | | The poachers were locals making money from selling the hands, heads and feet of the gorillas. They sold their heads as wall decorations, and hands and feet as ashtrays. Several other gorillas met the same fate. Dian declared war on the poachers. Unfortunately, she was so outspoken that she became a target for violence.
On December 26th, 1985, she was found murdered in her cabin. She was buried in the cemetery next to her beloved gorillas. She was 53 years old. | 4 | |
What happened to Dian's beloved gorillas is what can happen to all animals whose parts are used to make souvenirs. So, be aware and never bring back any exotic gifts along with your beautiful memories. Buying souvenirs made from ivory, animal skins, teeth, bones, coral or turtle shells endangers animals and keeps poachers in business. Don't help drive innocent animals to extinction.
1 Close your eyes. Listen to the sounds. Where do you think you are? What is happening? How do you feel?