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Mountain Gorillas: Three Decades of Research at Karisoke (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology) [Paperback]

Martha M. Robbins , Pascale Sicotte , Kelly J. Stewart

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September 15, 2005 052177859X 978-0521019866
Over thirty years ago, Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda to study the behavior and ecology of mountain gorillas. Some of the offspring of the gorillas first studied by Fossey are still being observed today and the long-term observations on known individuals, from birth to death, and data on social behavior within and among the groups have led to an understanding of many aspects of gorilla social structure. Written by scientists who have worked at Karisoke over the years, this book highlights and summarizes what we have learned about the behavior, ecology, and conservation of the genus Gorilla and two other recognized subspecies and provides some comparisons with other gorilla populations elsewhere in Africa.

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"...I recommend this book to all those who are concerned abut the conservation of the highly endangered mountain gorillas." Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, Journal of Mammalogy

"...a solid and easily accessible summary of the work at Karisoke over the past decades. I already look forward to a follow-up volume." International Journal of Primatology

"[T]he editors have done an excellent job of making the book cohesive and informative. All chapters contain useful summaries and independent bibliographies, which make the book accessible to both general readers and those with more specific interests. The book deserves wide attention as, in addition to the solid academic content of behavioral and ecological research, the conservation context provides a classic case study...Taken as a whole, this well-written book provides an unparalleled vision of mountain gorilla society against a background of a conservation saga that could so easily have ended with extinction...should be read by all students of conservation biology." Conservation Biology

"...this book provides a valuable resource, both as a complete summary of work to date, and also as a starting point for future research and conversation of this endangered Great Ape." Ethology

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Since the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda was established by Dian Fossey over 30 years ago, the mountain gorillas of the region have been the focus of many studies. This compilation by scientists who have conducted research at Karisoke over the years aims to highlight and summarise what has been learned about the behaviour, ecology and conservation of mountain gorillas, providing comparisons with other gorilla populations from different regions in Africa. It represents the most up-to-date and diverse collection of information available on this endangered ape.

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