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  • Posted January 10, 2015

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    An important volume for conservation and primate studies

    In this popular book, Fossey summarizes her work with the Mountain Gorilla in its natural and human context. She recounts her initial interest and then how Louis Leakey facilitated her interest and research. The chapters present a lot of detail regarding her observations and developing relationship with the gorillas and conclude with a summary of important points and discoveries. She also documents impacts of the local culture and people, especially poachers, on the gorillas and other animals and speaks both candidly and personally to the challenges of maintaining an international park for wildlife preservation. She concludes with a brief discussion of the underlying issues and their resolution. Lots of black and white photos. Even though the events happened quite a while back (1985 and earlier), I recommend the book for those interested in Dian Fossey, the Mountain Gorilla, field research, and conservation in the midst of the human context.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Captivates The Hearts of All Ages

    The book Gorillas In the Mist by Dian Fossey is an amazing true story that takes you into the life of Dr. Fossey's and allows you to see the majestic Mountain Gorillas the way that many have never seen before. In the book, Fossey interprets the lives of gorilla families by documenting their existence. Along the way she runs into ruts created by poachers and the African Government. Poachers resented her persistence and perceived her as a threat to their illegal livelihood. As she becomes closer and closer with the gorillas she feels as though she has found where she belongs. Dr. Fossey shares her research with the rest of the world in hopes to preserve the existence of the Mountain Gorilla. Although Dian's work highlighted the importance of animal research, it became much more than research, it became her life. Each person has the responsibility to be the voice of those who cannot speak. I really enjoyed the brutal but honest message this book had. Dian wrote this book to inform the world on the beauty of the Mountain Gorilla but also the tragedy that they had endured. The only thing I disliked about this book was the sad ending that could not be changed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about these magnificent animals and anyone who wants to read about Dr. Fossey and her life's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Excellent Book With Great Detail

    The book Gorillas In The Mist is a brilliant image of not only animal interactions but human emotion as well. It follows renowned gorilla researcher Dian Fossey as she recounts the events of her studies over the many years she spent in Africa. She writes in excellent detail and at times pure emotion that makes it feel like you can see it all happening. For example, when she recalls being charged by a group of silverbacks, ¿Suddenly, like a pane of broken glass, the air around me was shattered by the screams of the five males of the group as they bulldozed their way down through the foliage toward me.¿ The setting of this book was amazing. The detail that the author put into describing the setting made it so vivid in my mind I could almost see it. It all sounded like it was coming from someone who knew those forests like the back of her hand. It was a good feeling knowing that she really knew what she was talking about. She experienced the setting, which made it all the more accurate. She described the lush forests as having huge trees and rich undergrowth, ideal conditions for gorillas. However, she also included the effects of poachers, cattle encroachment, and new development on the forest. This added to the setting because it explained a lot of the change going on and some of the destruction happening to the habitat. When people think of this book they may not think of it having many characters to develop. However, there were actually quite a few ¿characters¿, the gorillas. Reading about their development was just as good as reading about a character in a novel overcoming challenges and developing into a strong person. Dian Fossey followed their life stories for over a decade and it was very interesting to read about her interactions with them and how they developed. This is a story of love, loss, and renewal and all of this is shown through the lives of the gorilla family groups. The author writes of how they dealt with the loss of a family member for each gorilla coped with it in a different way. Some seemed to be deeply affected and would be very upset for a long time. Yet others would be hardly affected at all. There was one such incident when an intruding silverback killed a mother gorilla¿s baby but she couldn¿t be bothered by it. She also wrote about how they welcomed new life. Every member of the family seemed to enjoy this. The other infants in the group would be able to make a new friend and the juveniles would have a new baby to practice with for when they became parents. They all had their family bickering and friendships but as the gorillas got older they were able to deal with loss and family problems easier. They were even able to develop in their social standings. To do this some would become closer to the silverbacks or to the dominant female. The other main character to develop was Dian Fossey. This was also her story and she seemed to develop along with the gorillas as they became more trusting of her. She was a very strong woman and was able to deal with problems very well, especially when it came to the safety and well being of her gorillas. As she developed she seemed to take responsibility and ownership of the gorillas she studied and did think of them as hers. The theme of this book had a very strong message and that was to protect your environment and think about what is going on around you. Dian Fossey wrote this book to share her experiences with the gorillas with the world. But she also wanted people to become aware of what was happening to their environment. Throughout the book she talks about going out on anti-poacher patrols and how numerous gorillas became the unintentional victim of the poacher¿s traps. This book was meant to tell people more about how these mysterious animals act and interact with each other but also to send a message to help save these animals from destruction. As for my personal feelings about this book, I thoroughly enjoyed rea

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