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Gorilla Doctors Discussion Guide

Gorilla Doctors Discussion Guide

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Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species on earth. Intelligent, curious, playful and protective of their families, mountain gorillas face threats from poachers, loss of habitat, and human diseases. Coming to their aid are the dedicated scientists of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project working to save these important animals populations in Rwanda and Uganda. Gorilla Doctors explores the work being done to study, care for, and preserve these amazing animals.
Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species on earth. Intelligent, curious, playful and protective of their families, mountain gorillas face threats from poachers, loss of habitat, and human diseases. Coming to their aid are the dedicated scientists of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project working to save these important animals populations in Rwanda and Uganda. Gorilla Doctors explores the work being done to study, care for, and preserve these amazing animals.

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Houghton Miin Harcourt Books or Young ReadersVisit www.sciencemeetsadventure.com or authors’ Adventure Notes, teacher resources, videos, and more!
 About the Series
Gorilla Doctors
is part o the award-winning Scientists in the Field series, which beganin 1999. This distinguished and innovative series examines the work o real-lie scientistsdoing actual research. Young readers discover what it is like to be a working scientist,investigate an intriguing research project in action, and gain a wealth o knowledge aboutascinating scientifc topics. Outstanding writing and stellar photography are eatures o every book in the series. Reading levels vary, but the books will interest a wide range o readers.
 
Gorilla Doctors:Saving Endangered Great Apes
by Pamela S. Turner
 About the Book
Mountain gorillas are one o the most endangered species on earth. Intelligent,curious, playul and protective o their amilies, mountain gorillas ace threatsrom poachers, loss o habitat, and human diseases. Coming to their aid are thededicated scientists o the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project working to savethese important animals populations in Rwanda and Uganda.
Gorilla Doctors
 explores the work being done to study, care or, and preserve these amazinganimals.
 About the Author 
Pamela S. Turner visited mountain gorillas in 1978 and the experienceeventually led to this book published in 2005. Turner has written about scienceand nature or many years, winning prizes and acclaim or her ability to presentaccurate inormation that is easy to understand and un to read. She has writtenseveral other books or the Scientists in the Field series, including
The Frog Scientist,
published in 2009, and
The Dolphins of Shark Bay,
which will bepublished in the all o 2013.
 Pre-Reading Activity
Without providing any inormation to students, have them look at pictureso various types o primates and see whether they can determine which arenew world primates and which are old world primates. Try to have pictureso at least twenty dierent primates, with some rom each group. Once thestudents have grouped the animals, check to see whether students paid attentionto whether the primate has a tail. Discuss the dierences between gorillas,chimpanzees, bonobos, and other monkeys and apes. Have students come upwith a prediction or why gorillas are called great apes. Have them discuss howthe primate called human fts into the discussion.
Where ScienceMeets Adventure
Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
by Pamela S. Turner
Discussion anD activity GuiDe
 
Discussion anD activity GuiDe
Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
by Pamela S. Turner
Houghton Miin Harcourt Books or Young ReadersVisit www.sciencemeetsadventure.com or authors’ Adventure Notes, teacher resources, videos, and more!Now look at pictures o gorillas and lowland mountaingorillas. How are they the same and how are they dierent?Can students see the dierence?Have students draw two pictures o themselves or anotherperson. In the frst picture, have them draw and labelthemselves eeling good and healthy. In the second picture,have them draw and label themselves eeling sick. Discussthe similarities and dierences in the two pictures. Make alist o the characteristic that are easily observed that suggesta person may be ill. Find group pictures online that showlots o aces. Look closely at the aces to see which acessuggest a possibility o illness.Ask a veterinarian to visit the class or have students visit avet in their neighborhood. Ask the vet to explain how theyidentiy animals that are not healthy and then how theydecide what is ailing any given animal. Ask about whetheror not there are universal treatments or a variety o species.When an animal is not able to speak, how are we sure thatour treatment is correct? Make sure to ask the vet aboutwhether or not, like humans, certain animals have allergiesto otherwise sae and eective medicines.
 Discussion Questions
What is the percentage o DNA dierence between humanssuch as a white woman rom Kansas and an Asian malerom Thailand? How does this compare to the DNAdierence between gorillas and humans? How much DNAdierence must there be beore we assign constitutional civilrights protections to any given animal? I two animals canshare blood, is that enough to provide each animal with thesame protection?In the book, Turner states that poachers will kill the adultmales, the mother, and others o the troop just to capture ababy gorilla. What should the penalty be or this poacher?What is actually likely to happen to the poacher? Why dopeople kill gorillas? Can you imagine a set o circumstancesthat would cause you to become a poacher?Since there are other gorillas, what is the harm in allowingmountain lowland gorillas to go extinct? Since mountainlowland gorillas can catch human diseases and since theyare on the verge o extinction, should humans be allowed tohave any contact with them?Do humans have a superiority complex? I they do, is itwrong? Do animals have emotions or is that a humanassumption about animal reactions?
 Applying and Extending Our Knowledge
Scientists rely upon observations o animals. They look atacial expressions, behavior, body language, condition o ur/ skin, and more to determine the likelihood that an animal isin good health.
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Look at healthy animals o one species such as birds.Now look at unhealthy animals o another species.What, i anything, do we see in the healthy animalsthat we should see, but do not see, in the unhealthyanimals? Do we catch glimpses o a generaldefnition o good health? Explain.
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Turner tells us that Patience Dusabimana knows thatAgashya’s tantrum (page 5) is a warning and not anattack. Predict how Dusabimana knows. Comparethis with other animal behaviors that may look andsound more serious than they actually are.
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Have students discuss whether things like showingteeth in a human smile mean the same thing orother animals. Discuss what a gorilla would looklike and would be doing i he or she really plannedto attack instead o warn.
Common Core ConnectionsRST.6-8.9. Compare and contrast the inormation gained romexperiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with thatgained rom reading a text on the same topic.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate inormation presented indierent media or ormats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well asin words to develop a coherent understanding o a topic or issue.
On page 21 Diane Fossey is quoted: “Maybe poachers aren’tthe worst thing to happen to gorillas. Perhaps WE are.”However, in the beginning o the book, Mararo would havelost a oot and perhaps died i Dusabimana and sta hadnot captured Mararo and removed the snare. In addition,tourist dollars have made it possible or doctors to trackgorillas and treat illnesses, remove snares, and provideprotection. We also learn that gorillas are responsible ortwo classrooms in Ntungamo.

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