This whole business about the child and the gorilla in Cincinnati is very upsetting. All I see is blame being thrown in all directions. It’s understandable. That’s what we do when we are upset and feel helpless. I have no great insight. What I do have is a deep and long love of gorillas, and I want to share a little with you today.
We read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate at our homeschool book club awhile ago. The preteens loved it, the littles loved it, and even the moms loved it, and each group enjoyed different layers of this great story based on the life of a real gorilla, Ivan.
When I was in high school, I wanted to be Diane Fossey when I grew up. There are lots of books about her and the gorillas she studied, but here’s a fun one, and it includes sections on Jane Goodal and the chimps, and Biruté Galdikas and the orangutans.
And then we can’t forget about the beautiful Koko. I couldn’t pick just one book to feature for her, so I encourage you to visit her website to see what she has been up to lately. If you’re moved to do something for gorilla-kind in the wake of this tragedy, that site is a good place to donate.