Mountain Gorillas

This paper discusses the ethnography, ecology, social life, values, political life and reproductive activities of mountain gorillas as described by Diane Fossey.

Gorillas are among the most feared animals in the world thanks to films such as King Kong and Congo which have depicted these gentle and affectionate primates as inherently hostile and aggressive towards man. Though it is true that gorillas in general and the mountain gorilla in particular are large and powerful creatures they are also well known for living in relatively harmonious groups in which even dominant silver back males are extremely tolerant of younger males and females. This particular …

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