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The Year of the Gorilla

The Year of the Gorilla

by George Schaller

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

A vivid tale of adventures among the gorillas of the Virunga volcanoes of Zaire, Rwanda and Uganda -- a wonderful account of field work under trying circumstances by a great wildlife biologist. (UGD03, $29.00)

Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

by Dian Fossey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 326 PAGES

Fossey's highly personal, detailed account of the ecology and behavior of the mountain gorilla of Virunga based on her 13 years among "the greatest of the great apes." (UGD05, $15.95)

Bradt Guide Uganda

Bradt Guide Uganda

by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 512 PAGES

This informative, compact guide provides an excellent overview of Uganda's history, culture and natural history. With photographs, maps and travel information. (UGD07, $27.99)

Uganda Map

Uganda Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A detailed physical map (scale 1:800,000) of Uganda, featuring city and national park insets, also covering part of Rwanda. (UGD01, $11.95)

 
Lonely Planet East Africa

Lonely Planet East Africa


by Hugh Finlay

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 664 PAGES

This practical guide to East Africa features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature. Covers Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania. (EAF81, $32.99)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

Between Man and Beast, A Tale of Exploration & Evolution

Between Man and Beast, A Tale of Exploration & Evolution


by Monte Reel

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

The deftly told story of Paul Du Chaillu, the nearly forgotten monomaniac who became a celebrity when he introduced Europe to gorillas. (NAT264, $26.95)

Journey Through Uganda

Journey Through Uganda


by Philip Briggs | David Pluth

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Pluth captures the diversity of landscapes, culture, people and wildlife of Uganda in this collection of large color photographs. (UGD20, $60.00)

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas


by Gene Eckhart

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Featuring 200 intimate color photographs, this up-to-date, captivating portrait reveals the gorillas of Bwindi National Forest and Virunga Volcanoes, their biology, status and hope. (UGD17, $37.95)

The Scramble for Africa

The Scramble for Africa


by Thomas Pakenham

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 738 PAGES

Absorbing and meticulously researched, this in-depth history of the Victorian land grab in 19th century Africa includes excellent portraits of the egomaniacal personalities who overran the continent. (AFR26, $23.99)

The White Nile

The White Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This lively history of the Victorian search for the source of the Nile includes the extraordinary tales of Burton and Speke, not to mention the famous meeting of Livingstone and Stanley. The narrative includes vivid descriptions of Zanzibar, the last days of Khartoum and the building of the Suez Canal. (EGY79, $14.99)

Uganda: Tarnished Pearl of Africa

Uganda: Tarnished Pearl of Africa


by Thomas P. Ofcansky

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

An analyst for East Africa in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Ofcansky examines the political, social and cultural history of contemporary Uganda in this succinct, well-considered scholarly survey. (UGD15, $37.00)

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed My Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria, How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third-World Adventure Changed My Life


by Eve Brown-waite

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

An honest and humorous first-hand account of a pampered city girl's unlikely transformation into a Peace Corps worker and her misadventures along the way, as she confronts intestinal parasites, rat-infested toilets and her own prejudices in Ecuador and Uganda. (UGD23, $14.00)

The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland


by Giles Foden

  • LITERATURE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A lurid, darkly humorous novel based on the desperate last days of the rule of Idi Amin in Uganda. The book is rich in detail of not only the lunacy of a failing despot, but also of everyday life -- especially among the expatriates. (UGD08, $14.00)

Among African Apes

Among African Apes


by Christophe Boesch | Martha Robbins

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

Robbins and Boesch tell the compelling stories of wild apes and the researchers who study them, including field research in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon and the Tai National Park in Cote d'Ivoire. With some photographs. (UGD25, $21.95)

In the Kingdom of Gorillas, Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land

In the Kingdom of Gorillas, Fragile Species in a Dangerous Land


by Bill Weber | Amy Vedder

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A gripping account of conservation, ecology and politics in Rwanda's Virunga Mountains by the husband-and-wife team who worked with Dian Fossey in the 1970s. (UGD11, $23.99)

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla


by Adrian Warren

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • DVD

This remarkable documentary, filmed in the Parc des Volcans in Rwanda and originally produced for IMAX, follows a day in the life of a group of mountain gorillas. 39 minutes. (EAF142, $9.98)

Primates of the World

Primates of the World


by Jean-Jacques Petter

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Authoritative and stunningly illustrated, this gorgeous book features 72 richly detailed watercolor plates by Francois Desbordes. (BST227, $29.95)

The Impenetrable Forest

The Impenetrable Forest


by Thor Hanson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 286 PAGES

Hanson recounts his time in the Peace Corps in Uganda and his work to establish a gorilla trekking program in the Bwindi-Impenetrable Forest, home to not just half of the world's mountain gorillas but also to chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, elephants, giant forest hogs and rare forest birds. (UGD10, $24.95)

The Myth of Wild Africa

The Myth of Wild Africa


by Jonathan Adams | Thomas McShane

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

The authors, associated with the World Wildlife Fund, demolish the romantic fallacy of an untouched continent where animals roam freely in sanctuaries. It's a no-holds-barred critique of old-style conservation in Africa. (AFR15, $29.95)

Through a Window, My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe

Through a Window, My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe


by Jane Goodall

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

The now-classic account of Jane Goodall's research into the life of the chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. (EAF42, $15.95)

Walking With the Great Apes

Walking With the Great Apes


by Sy Montgomery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This book explores the lives and work of three extraordinary scientists - Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas - who researched our closest evolutionary relatives. All three women began as protegees of the Anglo-African archeologist Louis Leakey, and all waged battles to protect the apes from extinction in the wild. (BST132, $19.95)

World Atlas of Great Apes and Their Conservation

World Atlas of Great Apes and Their Conservation


by Julian Caldecott

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 456 PAGES

This handsome, authoritative natural history of bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, published in conjunction with The Great Ape Project, features essays by leading scholars, color photographs and maps. (BST106, $63.00)

African Wildlife

African Wildlife


by James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

A laminated foldout guide illustrating almost 150 species of African animals, designed for quick reference in the field. (AFR109, $6.95)

Birds of East Africa

Birds of East Africa


by Terry Stevenson | John Fanshawe

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 602 PAGES

Compact and comprehensive, this guide to 1,388 species of birds in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi features 286 excellent color plates, range maps and notes on habitats and conservation. A veteran tour leader, co-author Stevenson lives in Kenya. (EAF92, $39.50)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. The guide includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

The Safari Companion

The Safari Companion


by Richard Estes

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 459 PAGES

An invaluable encyclopedic guide to Africa's mammals by a noted scientist, this perennial bestseller includes black-and-white drawings, an overview of each animal group and in-depth information. Written with the typical safari-goer in mind. (AFR06, $30.00)

Wildlife of East Africa

Wildlife of East Africa


by Martin B. Withers

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This take-along guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages. (EAF108, $19.95)

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