Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes

by Pamela S. Turner


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Mountain gorillas are playful, curious, and protective of their families. They are also one of the most endangered species in the world. For years, mountain gorillas have faced the threat of death by poachers. Funds raised by “gorilla tourism”—bringing people into the forest to see gorillas—have helped protect them. This tourism is vital, but contact between gorillas and people brought a new threat to the gorillas: human disease. The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a group of scientists working to save the mountain gorilla population in Rwanda and Uganda. The gorilla doctors study the effects of human exposure, provide emergency care, and act as foster parents to an orphaned gorilla.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547014333
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/06/2008
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 385,275
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Pamela S. Turner has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a special interest in microbiology and epidemiology. Her articles for children and adults have appeared in numerous scientific publications. Her books include Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, Gorilla Doctors, The Frog Scientist, Dolphins of Shark Bay, and Project Seahorse. She lives in California.

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Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jmvarnad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about scientist who study and protect African Gorillas. It tell about 3 three doctors who work together to help preserve these amazing animals. This book was a great inspiration.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, you knew that humans and apes were genetically close. But did you know that humans and chimps are so close that you could get a blood transfusion from a chimp? Or that apes can catch human diseases? It's true. And that's one factor in the disappearing gorilla population (other factors are poachers and loss of habitat). This book is about a team of scientists that works to prevent gorillas from catching human diseases and to treat them when they become sick. It's interesting and informative, giving a little bit of history behind the study and conservation of gorillas and how that's led to where we are now. If you're an animal lover, pick up this book! A great entry in the Scientists in the Field series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book chaned the way i thought about mountian vgorillas