This is the first time ever, that a gorilla touched Dian Fossey. This male gorilla named Peanuts, came over to her and imitated her actions, the she put her hands out and Peanuts touched her hand. Dian spent many hours studying and observing the gorillas to be able to have a connection with them and to gain their trust, so she could further study them.
Several times throughout the book Dian would find the gorillas either harmed from poacher traps or still caught in the traps. This was a common occurrence that Dian would encounter on her trips to study the gorillas. One time this one gorilla got caught in a trap making her right hand useless, so this gorilla had to change how she did her daily routines to not use her right hand.
Dian Fossey was very committed to the gorillas, she saw what the poachers were doing to the gorillas, and noted that it needed to be stopped. So in order to do this she put together an anti poacher group which consisted of her staff and anyone else who wanted to join. Every day this group would spend time in the jungle cutting down the traps that the poacher set. They would also try to find more traps along their way and try to find out where the poachers home base was.