Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 6, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Mountain gorillas are playful, curious, and protective of their families. They are also one of the most endangered species in the world. For years, mountain gorillas have faced the threat of death by poachers. Funds raised by “gorilla tourism”—bringing people into the forest to see gorillas—have helped protect them. This tourism is vital, but contact between gorillas and people brought a new threat to the gorillas: human disease. The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a group of scientists working to save the mountain gorilla population in Rwanda and Uganda. The gorilla doctors study the effects of human exposure, provide emergency care, and act as foster parents to an orphaned gorilla.

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User Review  - MeganSchneider - LibraryThing

Takes you through the day of scientists working with mountain gorilla in a national park. At first the main concern was keeping them safe from poachers, but the doctors come to find out that one thing ... Read full review

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User Review  - AdrienneWood - LibraryThing

What really hurts the Mountain Gorilla? At first glance one thinks "poachers"... but a deeper look makes you understand the terrible effect that humans have on the amazing creatures (and many others ... Read full review

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Mararos Jewelry
Scientists in the Mist
Our Closest Kin
Out of the Forest
A Game of Clue
The Fearless Orphan
Gorillas in the Garden
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Pamela S. Turner has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a special interest in microbiology and epidemiology. Her articles for children and adults have appeared in numerous scientific publications. Ms. Turner lives with her family in California.

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