Weber, Bill, and Vedder, Amy. In the Kingdom of Gorillas. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
Written by Amy Vedder and her husband, Bill Weber, this book goes into major detail of their trip to Rwanda in the 1970’s. This book provided a great background on Amy and Bill. They met at Swathmore College, and both had the hopes to make the world a better place. After graduating, their interest in conservation led them to join the Peace Corps. Not qualified for any special positions, they both joined as general volunteers; which at the time was a field dominated by females. When they returned to the United States, Amy went to graduate school to study field biology, and later returned to Africa to study mountain gorillas. Realizing that the loss of natural habitat was endangering the gorillas, they both made tremendous strides to deter the extinction of the depleting species. They helped inform the Rwandans about the problem and the importance of conservation, raised money for projects, and founded the Mountain Gorilla Project. As a primary source, I found the book to be useful in learning more about the advancements that Amy and her husband promoted in the field of primate conservation.
Amy Vedder. The Wilderness Society, n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2011.
This website was established by The Wilderness Society which is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural habitat of animals and plants. On the site, I found a section for Amy Vedder as she is the Senior Vice President of Conservation for the society. The page gave a basic overview of her career and cited many of Amy’s recent publications.
“Amy Vedder.” Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2011.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison held an event for 2010’s Earth Day at one of their conference centers and had about fifty speakers, Amy Vedder being one of them. This website provided details of the event, and the backgrounds of the speakers. They describe her as “one of the world’s foremost experts on wildlife and wilderness conservation.” It talks about the book she wrote with her husband, In the Kingdom of Gorillas, and many of her other accomplishments. I didn’t find this source to be extensively useful as it was very brief and summarized much of the information found in other sources.
Ebersole, Rene. Gorilla Mountain: The Story of Wildlife Biologist Amy Vedder. New York:
Joseph Henry Press, 2006. Print.
This book provides everything you need to know about Amy Vedder. It is an easy to read resource that contains many useful facts. In this source, I learned despite many astounding accomplishments throughout her career, she faced some challenges as well. Somewhat surprisingly, they weren’t gender challenges but many the struggles that Rwanda went through regarding conflict and war.
Novacek, Michael J., ed. The Biodiversity Crisis. New York: The New Press, 2001. Print.
In this book regarding biodiversity, there is an excerpt that covers Amy Vedder’s profile. I learned about her profession as Director of the Living Landscapes Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the many things she did in order to protect animals and the land in which they live. She was first exposed to this kind of science when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa many years ago. Several years after that, she established the Mountain Gorilla Project with her husband, and spent her time supporting the communities and raising money to protect the endangered species. When she returned the United States, she directed the Africa Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, WCS, for six years. Even though this book only had a page about Amy Vedder, it was still very useful in giving a background of her life and the many significant things she accomplished.