Poppy, the last Gorilla of the “Gorillas in the Mist” movie that became famous thanks to the American primatologist Dian Fossey, is believed to have died in Rwanda, her organization announced on their website.
“The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is sad to announce that Poppy, the last living gorilla featured by famed primatologist Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist,” is believed dead.”
Poppy is said to have reached the age of 43 and has five offspring. Her sister Maggie was actress Sigourney Weaver’s favorite gorilla in the filming of Fossey’s work, also under the name “Gorillas in the Mist”.
Dian Fossey described Poppy as a “little darling … winsome and appealing. She could do no wrong.”
“Poppy broke the mold for what we know about mountain gorilla females – transferring at an older age, joining a very young and inexperienced male, having a baby so late in life,” so Veronica Vecellio, Fossey Fund gorilla program senior advisor. “It is so wonderful that we know about her infancy from Dian Fossey’s journals. She was one of Fossey’s favorites, and we all felt such privilege to know her and observe her in her final years. Surely, this means we will remember her forever.”
Dian Fossey was murdered in Rwanda in 1985.