The Year of the Gorilla

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This seminal work chronicles George B. Schaller's two years of travel and observation of gorillas in Central Africa in the late 1950s, high in the Virunga volcanoes on the Congo-Rwanda-Uganda border. There, he learned that these majestic animals, far from being the aggressive apes of film and fiction, form close-knit societies of caring mothers and protective fathers watching over playful young. Alongside his observations of gorilla society, Schaller celebrates the ...

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Overview

Science

This seminal work chronicles George B. Schaller's two years of travel and observation of gorillas in Central Africa in the late 1950s, high in the Virunga volcanoes on the Congo-Rwanda-Uganda border. There, he learned that these majestic animals, far from being the aggressive apes of film and fiction, form close-knit societies of caring mothers and protective fathers watching over playful young. Alongside his observations of gorilla society, Schaller celebrates the enforced yet splendid solitude of the naturalist, recounts the adventures he experienced along the way, and offers a warning against poaching and other human threats against these endangered creatures. This edition features a postscript detailing Schaller's more recent visits with gorillas, current to 2009.

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A reprint of Schaller's charming natural history of 1964 with a new foreword by the author. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226736471
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 1,014,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George B. Schaller is a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Vice President of Panthera, a foundation devoted to the conservation of wild cats. He is the author of many books, including The Mountain Gorilla and The Last Panda, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

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Table of Contents

Foreword, 1988 ix

Introduction 1

1 In the Realm of the Mountain Gorilla 14

2 The Impenetrable Forest 40

3 Interlude in the Plains 60

4 Mt. Tshiaberimu 72

5 A Walk in the Forest 82

6 Among Gorillas 105

7 A Home in the Highlands 137

8 A Gorilla Day 170

9 "Am I Satyr or Man"" 216

10 Uhuru 233

Epilogue 254

Postscript, 1989-2009 259

Selected Reading 273

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