This seminal work chronicles George B. Schaller's two years of
travel and observation of gorillas in East and Central Africa in
the late 1950s, high in the Virunga volcanoes on the
Zaire-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.
"Whether the author is tracking gorillas, slipping past elephant
herds on narrow jungle paths, avoiding poachers' deadfalls, or
routing Watusi invaders, this is an exciting book. Although
Schaller feels that this is 'not an adventure book, ' few readers
will be able to agree."--Irven DeVore, "Science"
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