Monday, July 14, 2008

Gorilla Murders

About a year ago a family of majestic, regal, mountain gorillas was systematically executed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The subsequent reporting of the tragedy as well as the stunning images photographed by Brent Stirton has ignited international outrage. I’ve listed some resources available through the Austin Public Library to aid individuals interested in learning more about these gentle, highly intelligent, and very closely related marvels of nature.


Books:

No one loved gorillas more : Dian Fossey, letters from the mist

Great ape odyssey

In the kingdom of gorillas : fragile species in a dangerous land

Gorillas in the mist

The great apes : between two worlds

The mountain gorilla

The year of the gorilla

Up among the mountain gorillas

The gentle giants : the gorilla story


Web:

Fresh Air interview with Brent Stirton

NPR report of the tragedy

National Geographic report of the murders

2 comments:

Gavin Caruthers said...

Also check out THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST: MY GORILLA YEARS IN UGANDA by Thor Hanson, just published. A book both entertaining and educational, and a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

-Gavin Caruthers, Publisher

Anonymous said...

Thanks for bringing attention to this tragic event. The National Geographic article on the complicated situation in the DR Congo reveals the truth behind Stirton's haunting photos is stranger than fiction.