Friday, December 14, 2007
Anderson on Gorillas
You can see Anderson's full 60 Minutes story on mountain gorillas tonight on 360.

Anderson has written an article about his experiences with gorillas in Africa.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- You hear them before you actually see them.
Some branches snap just ahead of you. The adult male silverback grunts somewhere off to the side of you. He even pounds his chest. You approach slowly. Mountain gorillas have been used to seeing scientists for decades, but these are wild animals, and you have to be respectful.

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For more information and to help:

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Wildlife Direct
Posted By CNN: 2:16 PM ET
  24 Comments
I really enjoyed this story when it came on 60 Minutes! I am SO glad that Anderson is re-airing it tonight!! I hope that by doing so some attention can be brought to the plight of these gorillas! Maybe some thing good can come from this!

Can't wait to see it tonight again!

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Blogger Cindy : 2:37 PM ET
The mystery between human and gorilla similarities has always been captivating. To see these beautiful creatures butchered is very disturbing. If the sanctity of the gorillas is discounted, the sanctity of human life will also be discarded.

The gentleness and respect given by the local citizens in the transportation of the bodies and proper burial gives the impression that the gorillas have a long history and presence in the Congo before the militias threatened their survival.

The murder of the gorillas is genocide.
Posted By Blogger Sharon from Indy : 2:51 PM ET
Anderson always tells the story of the gorillas so well - conveying the complexities of the situation. I watched his segment on 60 minutes and was enthralled not only with the story but with the gorillas themselves - the innocence and the trust as they allow people to come near. Their trust is like the trust of a child and like a child they unfortunately find out that not everyone or everything comes out like you wee taught.

I hope the rangers can go back soon and that the gorillas will still be there and alive. Until that happens it sounds like all we can do is wait and hope for the best.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 2:54 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

Thank you for sharing your feelings about your experiences with the mountain gorillas with us. Few of us will have the opportunity to visit them.

It is unfortunate that man has betrayed their trust. It hurts me to think about the fear they must be feeling listening to all of the shelling going on around them. What must they be thinking?

The fighting between the rebels and the army continues in the Gorilla Sector and the rangers are still struggling against enormous odds to try to protect the gorillas. If anyone is interested in reading their first hand reports I recommend that they visit the blog Gorilla Protection.

Please post websites where viewers might donate to help them and the gorillas during this time.

Again, thanks for your behind the scenes piece and for your wonderful "60 Minutes" report.

As Richard Connell said in his short story so long ago, man is indeed "The Most Dangerous Game."

Jo Ann
North Royalton, Ohio
Posted By Blogger Jo Ann : 3:03 PM ET
I find it the Mountain gorillas extremely fascinating. They are such unique animals and I can see how easy it would be to just care for them. I finding extremely disturbing that anyone would want to murder them in cold blood for no apparent reason. I saw the report on 60 Minutes and I could not believe my eyes. Why anyone would want to kill creatures that have nothing to do with them is completely wrong.
As others have blogged, I hope that the increased exposure can spark policy makers, conservationists, or animal rights activists to pressure groups to help try to end civil war and unrest in the Congo. I know that is an ideal statement to make, but it appears that the Mountain gorilla's survival is tied to peace in the region.
Posted By Anonymous Madeliene; Atlanta, Georgia : 3:20 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
What a cool story. The majestic Gorillas are so fasinating, human-like, beautiful and yet so abused.
Thanks for bringing us this important story about creatures who make us smile~
Posted By Blogger Betty Ann : 3:51 PM ET
This was a great story. I am so glad you are running it tonight on 360. I hope Anderson can follow up on this story and tell us if they made any changes to help keep them safe.
Thanks!
Posted By Anonymous Anonymous : 3:57 PM ET
Amazing. Please continue to focus on the plight of these amazing creatures so that they arent forgotten amidst the fighting. We need to do as much as we can to prevent these magnificiant creatures (Gorrilas, Rhinos Elephants, the big Cats and countless others) from becoming extinct.
Posted By Anonymous SR : 3:58 PM ET
Amazing. Please continue to focus on the plight of these amazing creatures so that they arent forgotten amidst the fighting. We need to do as much as we can to prevent these magnificiant creatures (Gorrilas, Rhinos Elephants, the big Cats and countless others) from becoming extinct.
Posted By Anonymous SR : 3:58 PM ET
Amazing. Please continue to focus on the plight of these amazing creatures so that they arent forgotten amidst the fighting. We need to do as much as we can to prevent these magnificiant creatures (Gorrilas, Rhinos Elephants, the big Cats and countless others) from becoming extinct.
Posted By Anonymous SR : 3:58 PM ET
Besides Anderson's wry look as the gorilla charged past him, what I found most interesting about the piece was Anderson's interview with the rangers. They appear to really care about the gorillas and what happens to them and want to do their job. That heartened me. Africa will be saved by African conservationists, not us Westerners.

Charlotte D., Stockton Ca
Posted By Blogger Charlotte : 4:15 PM ET
Already, I've heard positive outcomes about Anderson's reporting of the gorillas. Apparently, some wildlife conservationist groups are getting a lot of donations. That's great news! Thanks Anderson for the great reporting and the results it brings!

:)
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Blogger Lilibeth : 4:36 PM ET
This story was amazing and I can't wait to see it again. I wish more people would realize that everything that humans do to humans or the environment affects the animal population, which in turn affects the human population. Yes, it is a vicious circle, but maybe with more stories like this it will someday end.

Marcia
Warren MI
Posted By Anonymous Marcia : 5:02 PM ET
Too often the environment and the animals who inhabit it are "collateral damage" of the wars men start. Thank you Anderson, for bringing the tragic plight of the mountain gorillas to our attention. I saw your piece on 60 Minutes and I'm looking forward to seeing it again. How fortunate you were to be able to get up close and personal with them!
Posted By Blogger Barbara in Culver City, CA : 5:04 PM ET
Dear Anderson/360staff
We can't watch CBS program in Korea, but I'm so happy that your show replay it. I have never seen that. So I appreciate this piece very much. Thank you for the wonderful story!! but it makes me so sad... I really am looking forward to tonight's 360!!
Posted By Anonymous Kim Jung-Hae. seoul, south korea : 5:24 PM ET
I "adopted" a mother-infant mountain gorilla pair and an infant for my nieces and nephews through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Last year, I also adopted a mother-infant pair. It seems like I do so little compared to what these animals face and need, and yet, it's something. I figure that out of all the charities in the world, these animals were the long-term commitment because they are so endangered on a daily basis and they mean so much to our understanding of our own humanity. And one day when my schedule allows, I do plan to visit up close and personal with them because that has just got to be one of those awe-inspiring God really does exist moments. It was an awesome segment. And if I get back in time from my work social holiday thing, I do look forward to watching it once more. Anderson, thanks for being such a vocal advocate for them.
Posted By Anonymous Tammy, Berwick, LA : 5:41 PM ET
I cannot thank you enough for this story and your dedication to mountain gorilla conservation. Wildlife Direct is currently collecting donations to buy fuel wood for Congolese refugees so they won't have to continue burning the gorilla's habitat for charcoal. Please consider linking to Wildlife Direct, the World Wildlife Fund, and UNHCR so people can donate and help.

Thanks so much!
Posted By Blogger slb : 6:13 PM ET
I saw the story on 60 Minutes and I'm so glad you are reairing it on 360 tonight. I hope that more exposure will show more people the plight that these creatures have been subjected to. Its hard to believe that such wonderful creatures are being murdered to the point of extinction. I'm glad you were able to have the oppurtunity to get up close with them! That must have been such an amazing experience! I'm looking forward to 360 tonight!

PS - I'm also looking forward to seeing you on New Years - any chance you'll be able to get Jake and the Scissor Sisters to perform again?? That would definetly make my night!
Posted By Anonymous Jamie, Pennsylvania : 7:32 PM ET
Thank you for posting the links!
Posted By Blogger slb : 7:51 PM ET
Hi Anderson
This story broke my heart when I saw it before, but it is an important story, so thank you for showing it again!
I just can't rap my brain around how anyone could hurt these beautiful animals, or any other animals for that matter!

See you tonight,
Kristien, Antwerp Belgium
Posted By Blogger Kristien : 8:03 PM ET
Hi Anderson,

I see the urgency. Gorillas are more important than cats. I meant to adopt a gorilla, I'll definitely get on it.

For those who can't afford a pet: ADOPT A GORILLA!

THanks!
Posted By Anonymous Ratna, New York, NY : 8:20 PM ET
I can't wait to see this piece tonight, as I haven't had the chance to see it, yet. I was fortunate enough to have attended a presentation held by Doctor Jane Goodall some ten or so years ago, and I greatly anticipate seeing Anderson's take on the subject.
Posted By Blogger Hale : 9:21 PM ET
Adopt a gorilla? Sounds good to me.
My mother has been asking me what I want for Christmas and well "adopting" a gorilla for me would be a GREAT present! Let's all help save wildlife together!
Posted By Anonymous Grisel. Logan, UT. : 9:40 PM ET
Why does it take the near extinction of an animal to have people react the way we are now? What, we didn't see this coming?

Steffen...Miami
Posted By Blogger Steffen : 12:46 PM ET
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