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Mountain Gorillas

Biology, Conservation, and Coexistence

Gene Eckhart and Annette Lanjouw

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Tucked into one of the most beautiful and conflicted regions of the world are the last of the mountain gorillas. These apes have survived centuries of human encroachment into their habitat and range and decades of intense conflict and violence. The remaining 720 mountain gorillas exist in a fragile habitat, nestled in an area torn by human interests and needs for land, water, and minerals.

With captivating photography and the most recent scientific research, Mountain Gorillas takes you deep into the montane rain forests of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to reveal the...

Tucked into one of the most beautiful and conflicted regions of the world are the last of the mountain gorillas. These apes have survived centuries of human encroachment into their habitat and range and decades of intense conflict and violence. The remaining 720 mountain gorillas exist in a fragile habitat, nestled in an area torn by human interests and needs for land, water, and minerals.

With captivating photography and the most recent scientific research, Mountain Gorillas takes you deep into the montane rain forests of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to reveal the complex story of the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanos and Bwindi. Gene Eckhart and Annette Lanjouw reveal how humankind affects the gorillas and their habitat, detail the innovative conservation and education efforts undertaken by governments and nongovernmental organizations, and explain how ecotourism and other conservation-focused enterprises support efforts to protect the two mountain gorilla populations.

This perfect blend of intimate photography, thought-provoking scholarship, and engaging stories demonstrates the inexorable ties among the animals, environment, and peoples of the region, and makes clear why the continued existence of the Virunga and Bwindi gorillas is so important. Mountain Gorillas features stunning photos and four appendices documenting key biological and ecological information, habitat vegetation, milestones in mountain gorilla conservation, and travel information.

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Gorgeous photography by Gene Eckhart makes this book a must-have.

Eckhart and Lanjouw target a larger audience of laypeople who would never read advanced scientific publications on mountain gorillas, but who are curious about their natural history and status. The superb color photography, unmatched in other books, will certainly appeal to general readers.

An important bibliography and original color photography complete this book.

The survival of mountain gorillas depends wholly on our knowledge, interest, and compassion, forever. This book, with its vivid photographs, brings us up-to-date on the plight and the promise of mountain gorilla conservation.

This book is a 'must read' for anyone wishing to delve below the surface on the subject of mountain gorilla conservation. It is simply the best treatise of the subject I have ever seen—and is beautifully punctuated with striking photographs. Eckhart and Lanjouw have given us the next best thing to being there!

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11
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320
ISBN
9780801890116
Illustration Description
199 color photos, 5 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Susa Group: Face to Face in the Land of the Great Apes
Chapter 2. Evolution and Classifi cation
Chapter 3. Growing Up in a Group
Chapter 4. The Dynamics of Group

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Susa Group: Face to Face in the Land of the Great Apes
Chapter 2. Evolution and Classifi cation
Chapter 3. Growing Up in a Group
Chapter 4. The Dynamics of Group Formation
Chapter 5. The Hierarchy
Chapter 6. The Male-Male Relationship
Chapter 7. The Female-Female Relationship
Chapter 8. The Male-Female Relationship
Chapter 9. The Daily Cycle
Chapter 10. Feeding Habits
Gorilla Gallery
Chapter 11.The Majestic Montane Rain Forests
Chapter 12. The Clearing of the Forest
Chapter 13. The Impact of Colonialism
Chapter 14. Life in a War Zone
Chapter 15. Making a Living
Chapter 16. The Business of Mountain Gorillas
Chapter 17. Conservation: The Early Years
Chapter 18. New Threats, New Ideas, and Alternative Approaches
Chapter 19. A Natural Evolution to a Regional Approach
Chapter 20. Partners in Conservation—Building for the Future
Chapter 21. Morning of Hope
Afterword. A Call to Action
Appendixes
A. Organizations
B. Travel Resources
C. Milestones in Mountain Gorilla Conservation
D. Vegetation Documentation
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Sources and Suggested Reading
Index

Author Bios
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Gene Eckhart

Gene Eckhart is a wildlife photographer who has worked extensively throughout the jungles, deserts, savannah plains, and woodlands of Africa.
Featured Contributor

Annette Lanjouw, Ph.D.

Annette Lanjouw is the director of the Great Ape Program of the Arcus Foundation and has worked for more than 20 years on conservation of great apes in Central Africa.