Gorillas is a superb introduction to the subject for those who want to know more about the natural history, behavior and conservation issues concerning gorillas. The book greatly benefits from an easy-to-understand and scientifically accurate text from Dr. Kelly Stewart, who is a well-known authority in the field, and as beautiful and stimulating a series of photographs as you can imagine.
The book opens with a humorous play on the old joke about where the 800 pound gorilla sits. Dr. Stewart describes her actual experience with a charging 350 pound male gorilla, and how it all turned out well. Males usually threaten more than they harm. In this way, they are more like humans than chimpanzees are. Dr. Kelly gently dispels a lot of old beliefs about how dangerous gorillas are. In the process, she makes a fine case for why we should help secure their endangered environments and support thoughtful eco-tourism to help make that possible. Anyone who sees the generously provided photographs will want to participate in one of the jungle and mountain treks that are available in Africa. For those who want to learn more, there's a brief list of recommended books.
As I finished reading this delightful book, I came away wondering why humans are so quick to attack and destroy anything or anyone who is different from them. Perhaps we can help save ourselves when we help save gorillas.