In the Kingdom of Gorillas

The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas

Author: Bill Weber,Amy Vedder

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439128537

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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When Bill Weber and Amy Vedder arrived in Rwanda to study mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey, the gorilla population was teetering toward extinction. Poaching was rampant, but it was loss of habitat that most endangered the gorillas. Weber and Vedder realized that the gorillas were doomed unless something was done to save their forest home. Over Fossey's objections, they helped found the Mountain Gorilla Project, which would inform Rwandans about the gorillas and the importance of conservation, while at the same time establishing an ecotourism project -- one of the first anywhere in a rainforest -- to bring desperately needed revenue to Rwanda. In the Kingdom of Gorillas introduces readers to entire families of gorillas, from powerful silverback patriarchs to helpless newborn infants. Weber and Vedder take us with them as they slog through the rain-soaked mountain forests, observing the gorillas at rest and at play. Today the population of mountain gorillas is the highest it has been since the 1960s, and there is new hope for the species' fragile future even as the people of Rwanda strive to overcome ethnic and political differences.
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The Other End of the Leash

Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Author: Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307489180

Category: Pets

Page: 272

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The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation. The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn • How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask. • Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea. • Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble. • How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!” In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships. From the Hardcover edition.
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Gorillas in the Mist

Author: Dian Fossey

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618083602

Category: Nature

Page: 326

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One of the most important books ever written about our connection to the natural world, GORILLAS IN THE MIST is the riveting account of Dian Fossey's thirteen years in a remote African rain forest with the greatest of the great apes. Fossey's extraordinary efforts to ensure the future of the rain forest and its remaining mountain gorillas are captured in her own words and in candid photographs of this fascinating endangered species. As only she could, Fossey combined her personal adventure story with groundbreaking scientific reporting in an unforgettable portrait of one of our closest primate relatives. Although Fossey's work ended tragically in her murder, GORILLAS IN THE MIST remains an invaluable testament to one of the longest-running field studies of primates and reveals her undying passion for her subject.
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Rumble in the Rainforest

Author: Sarah Hines-Stephens

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1434227650

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 49

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Wonder Woman teams up with villains Poison Ivy and Gorilla Grodd in an all-out effort to stop a logging company from destroying the rain forest.
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Africa: Continent of Economic Opportunity

Author: David Fick

Publisher: Real African Publishers

ISBN: 1919855475

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 520

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Divided into geographic regions and representing every African nation, this comprehensive collection of case studies explores how successful business enterprises of varying size, along with community projects, help to create jobs in Africa. A valuable guide to conducting business anywhere on the continent, this account also offers information on finding business opportunities and handling oft-encountered problems.
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The Secret Lives of Gorillas

Author: J. Lou Barnes

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 9780836876581

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, diet, behaviors, and life cycle of gorillas.
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Primates of the World

Distribution, Abundance and Conservation

Author: Jaclyn H. Wolfheim

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9783718601905

Category: Social Science

Page: 832

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First Published in 1983. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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From Screen to Theme: A Guide to Disney Animated Film References Found Throughout the Walt Disney World(r) Resort

Author: Brent Dodge

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1608444082

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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From Screen to Theme: A Guide to Disney Animated Film References Found Throughout the Walt Disney World(r) Resort is your guide to finding references to some of your favorite Disney animated films. Also within the book, you will find recaps of some of your favorite Disney animated films, fun facts, and helpful hints on where you can meet some of your favorite Disney characters. Brent Dodge has been a self proclaimed "Disney nerd" his entire life. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since he was one, and after spending more than 600 days in the parks and reading up on everything Disney, he has become known as a Disney "expert" by family and friends. He continues to visit the parks multiple times a year and currently resides in Delafield, Wisconsin.
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The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume 1

Magic Kingdom For Sale SOLD! - The Black Unicorn - Wizard at Large

Author: Terry Brooks

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 9780345516732

Category: Fiction

Page: 736

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Capture the fantasy, thrills, and far-flung adventure of the first three novels in Terry Brooks’s enchanting Magic Kingdom of Landover series–now for the first time in one gripping volume. Chicago lawyer Ben Holiday can’t fathom what lies ahead when he purchases Landover–a magical kingdom of chivalry and sorcery–from Meeks, the mysterious seller who placed the ad. Weary and jaded, Ben clings to the ad’s promise: “Escape into your dreams.” But Landover is not the enchanted idyll he expected. The kingdom is in ruin. The barons refuse to recognize Ben as King, a dragon is decimating the countryside, and a demon lord has challenged any prospective ruler to a fatal duel. To make matters worse, the Paladin, renowned champion of the Kings of Landover, seems to be merely a legend. Ben’s only allies are a bumbling court magician, a talking dog turned court scribe, and the beautiful Willow, who is part girl, part tree. With his friends in tow, Ben sets out to claim the throne. But when Meeks decides he wants Landover back, Ben will face supernatural foes of every stripe to prove himself worthy of the kingship. The question is: Can he survive? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Pleasurable Kingdom

Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good

Author: Jonathan Balcombe

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230552272

Category: Science

Page: 256

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The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a continuous, grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain. Instead it suggests that creatures from birds to baboons feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe proposes that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society.
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The Kingdom of Shelter

Author: Jeanette Lasserre

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1300973684

Category: Religion

Page: 56

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A delightful tale of courage and adventure for two Chihuahuas, Jose and Tiny, as they take on King Neco. Their mission...rescue thousands of animals held captive and mistreated by the wicked king.
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Unlikely Heroes

37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom

Author: Jennifer S. Holland

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761183167

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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In her heartwarming New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and last year’s Unlikely Loves, Jennifer Holland revealed the surprising emotional bonds that exist between animals of different species. Her books spent dozens of weeks on bestseller lists and caught the attention of major media from CBS This Morning to USA Today. Why? Because she opened our eyes to the rich inner lives of animals, showing us that the power of love and friendship is not for humans only. In Unlikely Heroes, Ms. Holland uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond, often for altruistic reasons, often at great personal risk. These 37 inspiring true tales show animals whose quick acts have saved lives, like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them. There are stories of animals who simply and unselfishly give, like Rojo the llama, who shines his very special light of lovingkindness on the elderly patients in an Oregon rehab center. And there are compelling stories of heroic resilience: like Naki’o, the abandoned puppy who lost all four paws to frostbite but found the grit not only to overcome that terrible hardship but to reclaim the joy of life—that’s him, smiling on the cover of the book.
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The Great Zoo of China

Author: Matthew Reilly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476749582

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Now in mass-market—the action-packed thriller in the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park from #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly! It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragons—a landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane “CJ” Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t… “Plenty of action....For over-the-top adventure addicts, a Reilly novel is like a new roller coaster opening at Great America. Lines form, fans swoon” (Booklist).
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Issues in Life Sciences: Zoology: 2011 Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1464964386

Category: Science

Page: 1536

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Issues in Life Sciences: Zoology / 2011 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Life Sciences—Zoology. The editors have built Issues in Life Sciences: Zoology: 2011 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Life Sciences—Zoology in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in Life Sciences: Zoology: 2011 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at http://www.ScholarlyEditions.com/.
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The Little Kingdom on the Hill

Author: Lj Hudack

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475973160

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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?Corrupt California homeowner associations are the stuff of which lawsuits and websites are made. Often, associations are the graveyards for homeowners? dreams. You may live in one, if you do, you?ll want to read how a used car salesman inherited a home in the Austin Hills Homeowners Association and drove it toward catastrophe. Lincoln Bosworth cares nothing for the exquisite rural beauty of Austin Hills. His single-minded goal is accumulating a following of sycophants to hold control of the association?s board of directors. Exploiting giant gaps in homeowner law, and aided by unethical lawyers, Bosworth abuses board power, openly defies the restrictions of the governing documents and gains control over two million dollars of assessment money. He will spend as he pleases and what seems to please him most is to reward friends for their loyalty. He drives those who oppose him from the association. Not content to purge from within, he plans a massive gate to exclude those ?who don?t belong.? Braving the wrath of Bosworth, the members finally manage to elect one of their own to the board. Randy Peterson now serves on the board with a passion for justice, and his criticisms and revelations are a threat. For Bosworth, however, Randy is just one more obstacle to be handled. Then, on a hot August afternoon, one of the board?s decisions results in a tragic accident that claims four lives. Bosworth launches a propaganda campaign and Randy becomes a real threat as he aligns with law enforcement and reveals the corruption of the board. A sheriff?s detective figures one of Bosworth?s board members was involved in the accident. Was it really an accident, or was it manslaughter? Whatever it was, it leads to coldblooded murder. A link between the accident and the murder is too thin for prosecution and the investigation appears to stall. The newspapers call the murder a perfect crime and why not? In Franklin County, half of all murders go unsolved. Will this be one??
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Kingdom Under Glass

A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Author: Jay Kirk

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781429989169

Category: History

Page: 400

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A sweeping historical narrative of the life of Carl Akeley, the famed explorer and taxidermist who changed the way Americans viewed the conservation of the natural world During the golden age of safaris in the early twentieth century, one man set out to preserve Africa's great beasts. In this epic account of an extraordinary life lived during remarkable times, Jay Kirk follows the adventures of the brooding genius who revolutionized taxidermy and created the famed African Hall we visit today at New York's Museum of Natural History. The Gilded Age was drawing to a close, and with it came the realization that men may have hunted certain species into oblivion. Renowned taxidermist Carl Akeley joined the hunters rushing to Africa, where he risked death time and again as he stalked animals for his dioramas and hobnobbed with outsized personalities of the era such as Theodore Roosevelt and P. T. Barnum. In a tale of art, science, courage, and romance, Jay Kirk resurrects a legend and illuminates a fateful turning point when Americans had to decide whether to save nature, to destroy it, or to just stare at it under glass.
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The Origin of Man

Author: Frank M. R. Spendlove

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Human beings

Page: N.A

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The Rapture of the Nerds

A tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations

Author: Cory Doctorow,Charles Stross

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429944919

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century. Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun. The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside, but its minds sometimes wander...and when that happens, it casually spams Earth's networks with plans for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems. A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite from the forbidden apple. So until the overminds bore of stirring Earth's anthill, there's Tech Jury Service: random humans, selected arbitrarily, charged with assessing dozens of new inventions and ruling on whether to let them loose. Young Huw, a technophobic, misanthropic Welshman, has been selected for the latest jury, a task he does his best to perform despite an itchy technovirus, the apathy of the proletariat, and a couple of truly awful moments on bathroom floors. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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