In the Kingdom of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 10, 2012 - Nature - 384 pages
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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 helped found the Mountain Gorilla Project, which would inform Rwandans about the gorillas and the importance of conservation, while at the same time establishing an ecotourism project -- one of the first anywhere in a rainforest -- to bring desperately needed revenue to Rwanda.

In the Kingdom of Gorillas introduces readers to entire families of gorillas, from powerful silverback patriarchs to helpless newborn infants. Weber and Vedder take us with them as they slog through the rain-soaked mountain forests, observing the gorillas at rest and at play. Today the population of mountain gorillas is the highest it has been since the 1960s, and there is new hope for the species' fragile future even as the people of Rwanda strive to overcome ethnic and political differences.
  

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

User Review  - Shelly-shawn Womack-gritton - Goodreads

Excellent! Excellent! Wish I was there :) Read full review

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

User Review  - Jo - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Guide to African Words Names and Places
13
Under the Gun 1 The View from Bukavu
19
Why Are You Here?
26
Mweza
39
Close Encounters
47
A Swamp Runs Through It
63
Gorillas by the Numbers
73
Massacre
83
Why God Created Gorillas
202
Food Cameras Action
209
Moving On
216
Along the CongoNile Divide
225
Where Have All the Cattle Gone?
227
Another Virunga Death
234
Rwelekana
256
Nyungwe
262

Pieces in the Puzzle
91
Final Count
93
Life in a Salad Bowl
104
Sex Changes and Songfests
115
Island Refuge in a Rising Tide
122
Filters and Perspectives
132
The Cattle Are Coming
139
The Mountain Gorilla Project 14 Crazy White People
149
Lee
158
Moving the Mountain
162
White Apes and Ecotourists
174
Limits and Reservations
184
Across the Virungas
196
In the Shadow of the Virungas
275
Living in Rwanda
288
Ten Years After
298
In the Face of Madness
309
The Cauldron Churns
311
Genocide
324
Aftermath
336
Myths and Realities
351
Tarnished Notions
353
Pablo
363
Index
371
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Bill Weber and Amy Vedder, of the Wildlife Conservation Society, have devoted more than twenty-five years to the cause of conservation in nearly thirty countries in Africa and around the world.

Vedder is a director at the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York.

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