When a male gorilla comes of age and assumes leadership of his social group, he becomes the silverback, named for the silvery sheen across his back. Jeremy's achievements and interactions with zoo directors and senior conservationists from all over the world established him firmly as a silverback in the world of conservation for the last two decades of the 20th century. --From the Foreword by Lee Durrell
About the Author
During his 42-year career in zoos and conservation, Jeremy Mallinson has studied endangered species of animals in Africa, Asia and South America. In 1959 he joined the staff of the newly formed Jersey Zoological Park, and four years later was appointed as Gerald Durrell's deputy. After Durrell's death in 1995, Jeremy was appointed Director of the renamed Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. He has written more than 200 papers and articles; addressed conferences in 20 different countries and is the author of seven books, including Okavango Adventure, The Shadow of Extinction and Travels in Search of Endangered Species. In 1997 Jeremy Mallinson was awarded the OBE for his service to animal conservation worldwide, and he has been the recipient of the American Society of Primatologists' Senior Biology and Conservations Award (1997), the World Zoos Organisation's Heini Hediger Award (1998), The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland's Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Zoological Society of San Diego gold medal award for Conservation (2002). In 2000 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) from the University of Kent.