Dian graduates from high school and begins to study veterinary science at the University of California at Davis.
Graduates from college
Dian graduates from San Jose State College with a degree in occupational therapy.
Starts work at Kosair Crippled Childrens Hospital
Dian becomes the director of occupational therapy at the Kosair Crippled Children's Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Travels to Africa
Dian travels to Africa for a seven week vacation. During the trip, she meets Dr. Louis Leakey and sees her first mountain gorillas.
Leakey askes Dian if she would like to study mountain gorillas
April: During a visit to Louisville, Leakey asks Dian if she would like to study mountain gorillas.
Dian arrives in Africa to study
December: Dian arrives in Africa to begin her groundbreaking studies.
Sets up first reserch camp
January: Dian sets up her first research camp in the Congo.
Forced to leave the camp
July: Dian is forced to leave the camp.
Founds a research center in Rwanda
September 24, 1967
September 24: Dian founds the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda.
Begins getting funded
The National Geographical Society begins funding Dian's research.
Nurses orphan gorillas back to health
Dian nurses Coco and Pucker, two orphan gorillas, back to health.
Appears on the cover of a magazine
In January Dian appears on the cover of National Geographic magazine. A gorilla named peanuts touches Dian's hand. Dian leaves Karisoke to earn a doctorate from the university of Cambridge, in England.
Returns to Rwanda
Dian returns to live in Rwanda and take a census of the gorilla population there.
Digit is killed by poachers
Digit, one of Dian's gorillas, is killed by poachers.
Founds the Digit fund
Dian founds the Digit fund.
Begins a three year assignment
Dian begins a three year assignment as a visiting associate professor at Cornell university, in Ithaca, New York.
Gorillas in the Mist is published
Gorillas In The Mist is published. Dian travels back to Africa and Karisoke.