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|Gorillas up close|
Author: Nippert-Eng, Christena E.
A beautifully photographed look at the lives of gorillas.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.00
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 181888
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 9.30
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 68781
Booklist (+) (09/15/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2016 *Starred Review* A sociology professor, Nippert-Eng shares her observations of gorillas by introducing individuals and discussing how they interact with each other within two groups: a family troop and a bachelor troop living at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. She offers a good deal of information about the animals, beginning with facts such as their physical features, diets, and life spans, but also discusses the social structures within their troops. In addition, she notes how the lives of captive gorillas differ from those in the wild and how zoo staffs try to compensate for those differences through the thoughtful design of habitats as well as creative daily practices. Reflecting the close study of individual gorillas, the clearly written, engaging text uses specific examples to back up points made about behaviors. The interesting double-page spread on watching or photographing these primates in zoos includes some tips based on gorilla practices and etiquette: they consider it rude to stare, and, “If a gorilla makes you smile, try not to show your teeth”—a possible sign of aggression. Throughout the book, many excellent color photos illustrate the text, and the well-captioned portraits of the individuals discussed are particularly fine. A fascinating, eye-opening introduction to gorillas, particularly those living in captivity. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.