Primate researcher Dawn Prince-Hughes does not experiment or measure but instead sits on a wooden bench for hours each day, watching captive gorillas through the enclosure where other visitors average five-second stops. Her patience is rewarded with astounding observations as she watches gorillas make and use tools, bury a dead crow, give birth, and comfort and care for each other. In Gorillas among Us, she has compressed years of gorilla observation into a composite diary chronicling the days of one gorilla family.
This book will delight and move anyone with an interest in animals. By turns opinionated and descriptive, quirky and authoritative, it draws us into the family life of captive gorillas and into a consideration of our own culture. Readers will learn something new about gorillas -- and themselves -- on every page of this poignant story, and may reconsider the way they look at other species both in the wild and in captivity.