Face to Face with Gorillas

Face to Face with Gorillas

Hardback Face to Face with Animals (Hardcover)

By (author) Michael Nichols

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 259mm x 262mm x 10mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426304064
  • ISBN 13: 9781426304064
  • Illustrations note: 25 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 519,732

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Venture through the jungle with Michael 'Nick' Nichols as he searches for one of our closest and rarest relatives. Gorillas are so much like humans that captive gorillas are often made to mimic human behaviors for a human audience. But what do they do when they are left undisturbed in the wild? Nichols leads you towards unexpected discoveries, as he watches these wild creatures fight, love, and use tools just like humans. Up close, he can experience the kinship that many people feel when with the great apes. But he can also see that gorillas need something that humans have striven so hard to both destroy and protect: a safe and unspoiled habitat where they can continue to thrive in ways that are unique to their species.

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In this entry in the Face to Face series, a National Geographic photographer describes encounters with lowland gorillas in eastern and central Africa and provides a brief introduction to the species. Opening with a description of a day of following a silverback through the jungle, Nichols goes on to more general information about these shy animals and the challenges they face today. Color photos by the author and his son show gorillas in their dimly lit habitat. The text's emphasis on gorillas' kinship with human beings is enhanced by sidebars that instruct readers in greeting gorillas, playing like a gorilla and distinguishing gorillas and other great apes from monkeys. A small map shows where different gorilla species are found in Africa today. Like others in this series, the backmatter includes sections on how readers can help, ways they might learn more and two pages of fast facts. Light fare for readers curious to know more about the animals who share our world. (glossary, further resources, index, research notes) (Nonfiction. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews)