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In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land

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When Bill Weber and Amy Vedder arrived in Rwanda to study mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey, the gorilla population was teetering toward extinction. Poaching was rampant, but it was loss of habitat that most endangered the gorillas. Weber and Vedder realized that the gorillas were doomed unless something was done to save their forest home. Over Fossey's objections, they h
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 25th 2001)
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After hearing Weber and Vedder give a fascinating talk at the American Museum of Natural History, it was only a matter of finding the time to read their account of working with endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. Besides discussing the gorilla populations, the book covers the Webers’ initial work with Dian Fossey at Karisoke at Parc des Volcans in the Virunga Mountains, the growing problems with work with the erratic Fossey that forced them to set up the Mountain Gorilla Project (Hence the s ...more
Jan 19, 2008 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to be inspired and don't mind being moved to tears
This book had me completely riveted. Reading the authors' stories about their life with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda must be the next best thing to being there - possibly better, because it's warmer and dryer here at home, and they write quite well. I was seriously inspired by their unflagging energy and dedication, in the face of endless obstacles, to developing realistic conservation plans that are good for wildlife and also for Rwanda and its people. I was also fascinated by their cultural ...more
Recently reviewed from reading at least 8 years ago. It definitely left an impression and an ambition to get to Rwanda (which I have now done).....if you are going to Rwanda or want to, or you are interested in great apes and/or conservation I definitely recommend this book. It is a great acount of ecotourism in action and being successful.
I read this book at a time when I was really into primatology, Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall studies, etc. I particularly liked the last section of the book where Veder and Weber dig deeper into the tribal conflicts and ethnic genocide in Rwanda.
Interesting and heartbreaking - will make you want to go live in the jungle with gorillas. Also gives a unique perspective of the murder of Dian Fosse and the Rwandan civil war/genocide.
Sep 20, 2008 Mpobrennan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a heart for wildlife
Recommended to Mpobrennan by: A gift from the Girls for Planet Earth program
Hands-down the most enlightening book about wildlife conservation I have ever read. It changed my thoughts and my actions.
Rachel Johnson
probably only interesting if you're going to see gorillas, or if you just have an unhealthy obsession with gorillas.
Recommended if you are going to visit the mountain gorillas.
Great background for a trip to visit gorillas in Ruanda.
Shelly-shawn Womack-gritton
Excellent! Excellent! Wish I was there :)
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