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The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories Hardcover – Bargain Price, January, 2007
This collection of true stories about famous gorillas reveals that these animals are caring, compassionate, intelligent, and sensitive creatures worthy of respect and understanding. Among the gorillas profiled are Binti Jua, a young female gorilla who exhibited nurturing concern for a young boy who fell into her zoo enclosure, and Snowflake, an albino gorilla who taught a group of younger gorillas how to behave in various circumstances. Perhaps the most famous gorilla profiled is Koko, whose extraordinary ability to communicate through sign language became a well-known story. Readers will find this fascinating collection of accounts informative, surprising, and frequently poignant. Interspersed among the stories is information about gorilla taxonomy, mental and physical development, and diet. Black-and-white photographs of the gorillas in each story are included. Appendixes include a bibliography, time line, and suggestions for further reading. Sullivan, Ed