Rain Forest Wisdom: What Gorillas Tell Us About Ourselves
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With renewed interest in man's primal antecedents, Rain Forest Wisdom offers a wealth of examples of the gorilla's behavior and what that tells us about being human--from low-fat, high protein diet, to caring for the young to group dynamics and even leadership. Andrew Grant, former managing director of the London Zoo, draws on research, interviews and personal experience to illuminate hundreds of fascinating details on the wild mountain gorilla, one of our closest relatives--with whom we share 98% DNA--and the gentlest of primates. Rain Forest Wisdom
phony smiles are less pronounced on the left side and last longer than “real” ones. Altruists also showed “concern furrows”—or a “heartfelt smile,” which is extremely short and forms crow’s feet around the eyes. Examples of deception in gorillas have been recorded, but are quite rare. A free-ranging juvenile male built six nests—each in closer proximity to an infant—in what appeared to be an attempt to get closer in a deceptively sly manner. A captive female covered her smiling face with her
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Managing Director of The London Zoo. Grant has also held executive positions at Busch Gardens and Universal Studios Tours. Through his involvement with these institutions, he worked with some of the world’s most pre-eminent zoologists, conservationists, and primatologists. Grant’s ongoing fascination with primates, and, specifically, the gorilla subspecies, formed the inspiration for Rain Forest Wisdom. He has appeared as an expert witness on numerous projects in the United States and overseas.
comparisons between Honig’s approaches and those observed by wild gorillas. INFANTS GORILLA HUMAN HOLDING Carry your infant in the ventral position or cradle him for the first year non-stop. Let him hang on you, climb on you, bounce on your belly. Keep him within a few feet of you, as you are the most important role model. Cuddle your baby. Lift baby onto your shoulder so she nuzzles your neck. Carry her in a kangaroo pouch against your chest while working at chores. When sitting in a
When I approached them, only slightly, the male charged me. I dropped my camera and fell to my knees. He halted about eight feet from me, then turned around to join the young male. That was his way of holding his ground, yet not inflicting harm on an intruder. Pascale Sicotte, who studied gorilla group encounters in Rwanda and Zaire, found that 74 percent of all encounters involve threatening displays like as strutting, hooting, and chest beating. Seventeen percent involve physical forms of