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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.