Nearly Human: The Gorilla's Guide to Good Living

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Andrew Grant, former managing director of the London Zoo, draws on research, interviews and experience to illuminate hundreds of fascinating details on the wild mountain gorilla, one of our closest relatives. Heavily illustrated with witty graphic-novel styled illustrations, Nearly Human captures the nearly-human behaviors of the wild gorilla in a fun and engaging manner. And, by looking closely at the wonders of the gorilla, Grant's work suggests taking a closer look at ourselves and why they need to be saved.

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Overview

Andrew Grant, former managing director of the London Zoo, draws on research, interviews and experience to illuminate hundreds of fascinating details on the wild mountain gorilla, one of our closest relatives. Heavily illustrated with witty graphic-novel styled illustrations, Nearly Human captures the nearly-human behaviors of the wild gorilla in a fun and engaging manner. And, by looking closely at the wonders of the gorilla, Grant's work suggests taking a closer look at ourselves and why they need to be saved.

"Most enjoyable, amusing, and accurate. "

— George Schaller, naturalist, author, conservationist

"Grant brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to a unique view of gorillas and humans around them..."

— Douglas Myers, CEO, Zoological Society of San Diego.

"Fact-filled and as playful and direct as its gorilla subject."

— Penny Patterson, teacher of Koko the gorilla and President of The Gorilla Foundation

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Gorillas and humans share a common ancestor, belong to the same family of great apes (Hominidae), and vary in their DNA by only 2.3 percent. Since their discovery in Africa by Western explorers about 150 years ago, gorillas have fascinated humans. At first they were feared and hunted, then they were observed and studied-most notably by Dian Fossey and George Schaller-and now they are threatened with extinction. Grant, who works in the zoo and leisure industries, has written an overview of gorilla behavior and a comparison with human behavior. Using facts and figures culled from various articles and books (especially Schaller's), he aims to present this information "in a fun, accessible way." Unfortunately, the result is more condescending than fun, more a corny recitation of facts than an insightful discussion. The accompanying illustrations are poorly drawn and often silly. One, for example, shows a gorilla with a napkin tied around his neck sitting at a table holding a knife and fork; another shows a frustrated gorilla throwing his golf clubs into a pond. Such depictions turn gorillas into caricatures and destroy all sense of awe or respect for this amazing, gentle creature. A much more insightful overview with beautiful photos is Gorillas: Natural History and Conservationby Kelly Stewart, who worked in Africa with Fossey. Another well-done introduction is Michelle Gilders's The Nature of Great Apes. Grant's book is not recommended.
—Ilse Heidmann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977614233
  • Publisher: Tatra Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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Andrew Grant

Currently CEO of Grant Leisure, Andrew Grant has held executive positions at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park (Deputy Director) and The London Zoo (Managing Director). He is a graduate of University of Oregon, and was included in Who's Who since 1989. He currently lives in Montecito, CA.

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