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The Sad Passing of Fearless the Gorilla


I’m very sorry to say that Fearless (Ntabwoba), the orphan gorilla featured in my book, Gorilla Doctors, died suddenly on November 5th at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center in the DRC. When I met Fearless 12 years ago at the home of Gorilla Doctors Felicia Nutter and Christopher Whittier, he been rescued from poachers just a week earlier. Thanks to dedicated round-the-clock care the little guy recovered and grew up to become the kind and good-natured leader of a group of orphaned gorillas. See this GRACE webpage for a slide-show tribute to Fearless. The photo of him hugging little Dunia, a newly-arrived and traumatized orphan, says it all.

by Pamela Turner

About Pamela Turner


Pamela S. Turner lives in Oakland, California with her children and her husband. She has a B.A. in social science from UCAL-Irvine and a Master’s of public health from UCAL-Berkeley. She has written numerous books for young readers, including Hachiko and the Scientists in the Field titles Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, The Frog Scientist, Project Seahorse, The Dolphins of Shark Bay and her forthcoming work, Crow Smarts. Visit her website at

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