Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Apes by Pamela S. Turner

Bibliographic Citation: Turner, Pamela S. Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Apes. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2005. 64p. ISBN: 9780618445554.

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Pamela S. Turner’s Gorilla Doctors examines the work of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. 

Personal Reaction:

The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project was the first veterinary service to care for an endangered animal in its natural environment. It’s funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, which promotes animal health. Pamela S. Turner’s Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes shares with readers the noble work of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, or the MGVP. The MGVP serves to protect gorillas from poachers and human illness and disease.

Offering background information on gorillas, such as when they were discovered by humans and how their interactions with humans have negatively impacted their survival, Turner offers readers a well rounded view of the endangered animal. The book delicately communicates the affect human actions have on other species. The book’s greatest strength, however, is its inclusion of many stunning photographs. These photographs capture the MGVP at work as well as sweet moments like a baby mountain gorilla cuddling with its mother.

Front Matter:

Dedication page

Back Matter:

“Doing Your Part,” Resources, Postscript, Index



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