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In the Kingdom of Gorillas: Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land Paperback – 3 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Simon & Schuster Trade Pbk. Ed edition (3 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743200071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743200073
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 832,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Goodall Author of "In the Shadow of Man" The pages of this book are filled with adventure and heroism, tragedy and joy.

Steven Austed

Natural History

A vivid portrait...a gripping read.



Natalie Angier

"The New York Times"

In the Kingdom of Gorillas is inspiring [and] quietly optimistic.



Jane Goodall

Author of "In the Shadow of Man"

The pages of this book are filled with adventure and heroism, tragedy and joy.



Bill McKibben

Author of "The End of Nature"

The best book ever written for those who want to understand not only the glory of Africa's wildlife but also the setting for that glory.... Bill Weber and Amy Vedder are two remarkable human beings; the gorillas were lucky to find them, and you are, too.



An NPR "Science Friday"

Best Science Book of 2001 Selection

Steven AustedNatural HistoryA vivid portrait...a gripping read.

A "Toronto Globe and Mail"

Top Science and Nature Choice for 2001

Natalie Angier"The New York Times"In the Kingdom of Gorillas is inspiring [and] quietly optimistic.

Jane GoodallAuthor of "In the Shadow of Man"The pages of this book are filled with adventure and heroism, tragedy and joy.

Bill McKibbenAuthor of "The End of Nature"The best book ever written for those who want to understand not only the glory of Africa's wildlife but also the setting for that glory.... Bill Weber and Amy Vedder are two remarkable human beings; the gorillas were lucky to find them, and you are, too.

"A riveting personal account ... a story of hope ... required reading."

--Alison Jolly, "Nature"

One of "the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing."

"--BBC Wildlife"

An NPR "Science Friday"
Best Science Book of 2001 Selection

A "Toronto Globe and Mail"
Top Science and Nature Choice for 2001

"The pages of this book are filled with adventure and heroism, tragedy and joy." -- Jane Goodall Author of "In the Shadow of Man"

"The best book ever written for those who want to understand not only the glory of Africa's wildlife but also the setting for that glory.... Bill Weber and Amy Vedder are two remarkable human beings; the gorillas were lucky to find them, and you are, too." -- Bill McKibben Author of "The End of Nature"

""In the Kingdom of Gorillas" is inspiring [and] quietly optimistic." -- Natalie Angier "The New York Times"

"A vivid portrait...a gripping read." -- Steven Austed "Natural History"

"Excellent...a clear, moving account...ultimately optimistic." -- Robert Sapolsky, author of "A Primate's Memoir"

"The authors convey a clear and vivid affection for their research subjects and an abiding fascination with their behavior...entertaining reading."
" The Washington Post" "Book World""

"As a primer for the uncomfortable reality that lies ahead, every starry-eyed would-be conservationist should read this book...Its range is immense."
" Times of London" Literary Supplement"

About the Author

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.


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I read this book while on a trip to Rwanda & Uganda to see the mountain gorilla’s. It is a magnificent book not just because of the couples work with the Gorilla’s in difficult terrain but also because of their initiative to start eco tourism (essential to saving the Gorillas) in the face of much opposition (including Dian Fossey). It is enchanting to read about the high quality of the relationship between the couple and their work with the local people (including the lead up to the chilling Genocide).
I am planning on rereading it.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book. It looks at the authors experiences in Rwanda studying mountain gorillas. It is fascinating to read of the individual gorillas and the authors relationships with them, as well as how they studied them. You get a real feel for their dedication to these magnificent creatures. This book explores conservation in Rwanda, including the setting up of the Mountain Gorilla Project which helped introduce ecotourism to the world and contributed greatly to the Gorillas survival. The book touches upon the authors relationship with Dian Fossey and is interesting for another view on this much lauded conservationist. It also has some powerful chapters on the Rwandan genocide which leaves you shocked and also thankfully better informed about this terrible event. This was an immensely enjoyable read and is highly recommended.

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Anyone interested in or is going to Uganda to see the Gorillas must read this book. Also a recommended read, Gorillas in the mist to get a different point of view. I enjoyed this read much more and was lucky enough to visit one of the same Gorilla groups they studied. Very overwhelming experience that will stay with me for a lifetime.
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