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Fossey, Dian

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

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Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin, 1983. First ed, first printing (full number line). xviii, 326 pages, 80 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations, maps; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-311) and index. A fine, very crisp copy in about near fine(-) to very good (++) jacket with mildly sunned spine, minor edge-wear and neat price clip, in archival mylar. Hardcover. ISBN: 0395282179; 9780395282175

Contents: Preface -- In the mountain meadow of Carl Akeley and George Schaller -- Second beginning: Karisoke Research Centre, Rwanda -- Karisoke field impressions -- Three generations of one gorilla family: group 5 -- Wild orphans bound for captivity: Coco and Pucker -- Animal visitors to the Karisoke Research Centre -- The natural demise of two gorilla families: group 8 and 9 -- Human visitors to the Karisoke Research Centre -- Adjustment to a new silverback leader: group 4 -- Growing family stability: group 4 -- Decimation by poachers: group 4 -- Formation of a new family lends hope: Nunkie's group -- Epilogue -- Appendixes: -- A. Food vegetation types -- B. Birth frequency graph -- C. Rainfall distribution in the Virungas -- D. 1981 census findings N-- E. Common gorilla vocalizations -- F. Autopsy findings -- G. Parasitology research -- Bibliography -- Index -- Maps: Habitats of the mountain gorilla; Gorilla food vegetation zones; Gorilla group ranges -- Family lines.

Landmark work by this Bay Area-raised primatologist who was murdered. Describes four gorilla families living in the rain forests of the Virunga mountains of Rwanda during a fifteen-year case study.

"Gorillas in the Mist" is a seminal work by American primatologist Dian Fossey, published in 1983. The book is both a memoir and a scientific account of Fossey's extensive field research on mountain gorillas in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda. Fossey's work was groundbreaking in many respects; she was one of the first researchers to conduct long-term field studies on gorillas, and her observations revolutionized our understanding of these complex, social animals. The book delves into the gorillas' social structure, behavior, and the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect them from poaching and habitat loss. Fossey's narrative is imbued with a deep sense of empathy and respect for the gorillas, and she makes a compelling case for their protection. Her work laid the foundation for ongoing conservation efforts and significantly contributed to changing public perceptions about these often misunderstood creatures. Tragically, Fossey was murdered in Rwanda in 1985, a crime often attributed to her staunch anti-poaching stance, although the case remains unsolved." — Bing ¶ 

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