The Greatest ApesBook - 2000
Gorillas dispels the popular myth of the aggressive, chest-beating monsters that appear in the King Kong movie. Found in Africa in mist-shrouded mountains and lowland rainforests, gorillas are peaceful vegetarians who live amicably in social groups. This book paints a fascinating, detailed portrait of these primates, covering all aspects of their behavior and environment. Gorillas presents the latest research on the largest of all the primates: the natural environment of gorillas, where they are found today, and what they eat; family life of the gorillas, including the silverback male and his harem of females; rites of passage in the life of gorillas-in males the progression from infant to blackback to silverback; the intelligence of the gorillas, particularly their environmental intelligence; and their ability to learn elements of human language. With its lively narrative style, attractive design, and appealing photographs Gorillas informs and delights the reader. The gentle giants of the African forest-gorillas-are the focus of this title, one of three books in a series about our primate relatives. Author Michael Bright draws on the latest research to reveal the habits of these highly intelligent animals-their sociability (shown when they groom or play), their foraging routines, and the meaning behind their animated expressions. From the "silverback" males with their harems of females to the infants who cling to their mothers as they travel through the forest, Gorillas presents encounters among the diverse members of each gorilla group. Packed with fascinating facts and superb photography, Gorillas provides abundant information and delight.
Publisher: London, Eng. : DK, c2000.
Characteristics: 96 p. :,col. ill., map ;,23 cm.