Gorillas in the Mist, Paperback Book
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Dian Fossey's classic account of four gorilla families; the basis for the major movie starring Sigourney WeaverFor thirteen years Dian Fossey lived and worked with Uncle Bert, Flossie, Beethoven, Pantsy and Digit in the remote rain forests of the volcanic Virunga Mountains in Africa, establishing an unprecedented relationship with these shy and affectionate beasts.In her base camp, 10,000 feet above sea-level, she struggled daily with rain, loneliness and the ever-constant threat of poachers who slaughtered her beloved gorillas with horrifying ferocity. African adventure, personal quest and scientific study, Gorillas in the Mist is a unique and intimate glimpse into a vanishing world and a vanishing species.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 8 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Primates
  • ISBN: 9780753811412

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The legendary autobiographical account of Dian Fossey and her passionate quest to study and save the few remaining mountain gorillas from extinction. I am glad that I read this book AFTER our own mountain gorilla trek, because I was able to connect with her commentary regarding the jungle, the local culture, and the trekking experience more completely. The book is a bit confusing with regards to timeline, but Fossey's strength of character and heroism clearly showed through. I would recommend this to anyone interested in zoology, botany, and especially, conservation ecology.

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