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52,001.  Dian Fossey had been studying the Mountain Gorilla.  (Animals & World & Earth & Nature & Gorilla)  Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild III: Our Fragile Planet, BBC 2012

 

 

52,119.  There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know.  Their sight, their hearing, their sense of smell are so similar to ours that they see the world in much the same way as we do.  We live in the same sort of social groups with largely permanent family relationships.  They walk around on the ground as we do, though they are immensely more powerful than we are.  So if there were ever a possibility of escaping the human condition and living imaginatively in another creature’s world, it must be with the gorilla.  The male is an enormously powerful creature but he only uses his strength when he is protecting his family and it is very rare that there is violence within the group.  So it seems really very unfair that man should have chosen the gorilla to symbolise everything that is aggressive and violent, when that is the one thing that the gorilla is not – and that we are.  (Animals & Mammals & Primates & Gorillas)  David Attenborough: Life on Earth: Mammals (revised series)

 

52,120.  Aggressive and violent – that’s one thing the gorilla is not, and we are.  (Animals & Mammals & Primates & Gorillas)  ibid.

 

52,121.  Every gorilla has its unique fingerprints just as we have.  (Animals & Mammals & Primates & Gorillas)  ibid.

 

 

52,588.  Gorillas live in stable family groups with just a single leader – a silver-backed male.  (Animals & Primates & Gorillas)  David Attenborough, Life: Primates e10

 

 

51,741.  The biggest of all the apes … the gorilla.  (Animals & Primates & Gorilla)  David Attenborough, Life on Earth XII: Life in the Trees *****

 

51,742.  Aggressive, violent – and that’s one thing the gorilla is not, and we are.  (Animals & Primates & Gorilla)  ibid.

 

51,743.  Every gorilla in fact has its own unique fingerprint just as we have.  (Animals & Primates & Gorilla)  ibid.

 

 

111,494.  Guy [London Zoo] proved to be a gentle giant who won the affection of the public.  (Animal & Gorilla)  Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s2e5: Bad Reputation

 

111,495.  The gorilla was one of the last [apes] to be described by science.  (Animal & Gorilla)  ibid.

 

111,496.  Most of the time they are mild and peaceful creatures.  (Animal & Gorilla)  ibid.  

 

 

53,545.  The more you learn about the dignity of the gorilla, the more you want to avoid people.  Dian Fossey

 

 

53,546.  I feel more comfortable with gorillas than people.  I can anticipate what a gorilla’s going to do, and they’re purely motivated.  Dian Fossey

 

 

97,999.  A western lowland gorilla called Koko whose life challenges everything we think makes us unique.  Koko: The Gorilla who Talks to People, BBC 2016

 

98,000.  What began as a Phd to teach sign language to Koko turned into a lifelong relationship.  News about Koko made headlines around the world.  ibid.

 

98,001.  Does Project Koko finally prove that animals can communicate with humans?  ibid.

 

98,002.  Penny began by moulding Koko’s hands into different signs.  ibid.

 

98,003.  Koko’s kitten.  ibid.  children’s book