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Becca, Luke, Clay, and J.T.

Dear Mr. Dean,

We are four 5th grade students from highland elementary. We loved looking at the gorillas and reading about them. We liked how you orginized this so well. The pictures were so cool. We are guessing you are having fun learning about the gorillas. We also read about the kids. Do they have to bring
there lunch or can they buy hot lunch at school? How did you get the Job of the Dian Fossey? How many pictures did you take of Shinda? Why are nettlets called stinging nettlets? We thought it was interesting to here that kids need to bring a notebook and pencils to come to school. Write back!

Your Friends,
Becca,Luke,Clay,and J.T.

P.S. Clay turned 11 today!!(May 11)

Dean Jacobs

Hi Ivett, Conor, Sylvia and Aaron,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. Being with the gorillas is one of the coolest things I have ever done. It’s pretty amazing to be touched by a gorilla, although I try very hard not to be, I don’t want them to get sick from any diseases that I might have like a common cold.
The gorillas are really fun to watch and be around. You asked how long does it take to climb up the volcano. It all depends where the gorillas are, it could be 30 minutes or two hours to get to there location. They keep moving from place to place.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean


Dean Jacobs

Hi Julie, Evan, Kelli and Nick,
Thank you for the post on my blog. This journey has been seven months, since 2001 I have traveled four years!
Dian Fossey was brilliant at observing and watching gorillas. Do you want to see gorillas one day in the wild?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Tyler, Connor and Joseph,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. I am not sure why Titus was so calm, every gorilla has it’s own personality formed over time, just like people. It was interesting to see when all the soldiers were leaving.
Do you want to see gorillas one day in the wild?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Aliens Garrett, Hunter and Jacob,
Thank you for the posting on my blog and kind words. Happy to know you are learning much! Hope to see you this fall.
The kids really like the Hokey Poky! So did I!
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Jaya, Hannah, Jurnee and Sophia,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. They don’t know what Shinda died of for sure, except that it was from natural causes and not by poachers. I am enjoying my time with the gorillas very much! It was a dream of my to travel and explore the world from when I was young, I guess just plain curiosity. Seeing Titus was really cool, he’s a pretty famous gorilla.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Jordan, Jay and Mairekk,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. Rwanda is a very interesting place and yes, I am having fun here! Seeing Titus was really cool, he’s a pretty famous gorilla. He was much bigger then me, maybe twice my size! He probably weighed close to 400 lbs! I’m happy to know you like the web site!
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Taylor, Skylar and Elizabeth,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. In captivity gorillas can live up to 50, in the wild it’s normally between 35 and 40. They tend to like fresh bamboo shoots when in season!
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Kihvi and Keith,
Thank you for the post on my blog. I’m glad you like the photos, I will try to post more. I do like Rwanda, it is an interesting place. Last weekend I saw eastern lowland gorillas, they now call them Grauers gorillas. I heard lots of frogs lately, but haven’t seen any. I hope to come to Highland next fall.
Do you want to travel one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Khylee and Samantha,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. The gorillas are very clever when they eat the nettles in a way they don’t hurt their hands. Mountain gorillas eat plants because that’s what there is a lot of, I did watch some gorillas eat ants once, it was funny.
Do you want to travel the world one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Mark and Gunnar,
Thank you for the post on my blog and for the kind words. Recently I saw a Grauers gorillas in the DRC or what used to be called the eastern lowland gorillas. When I come to highland I will tell you some of my favorite times with gorillas, I have so many that I don’t know where to start. Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Darian and Mickayla,
Thank you for the post on my blog. I have seen probably over 100 mountain gorillas, I don’t know for sure. There are times I feel like a part of a gorilla family, especially when they want to take a nap in the afternoon sun. When the babies are over one year old or older the mother will sometimes leave them on their on, but never far. I will be in Africa a total of 7 months.
Do you want to come to Africa one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Vivian, Nick, Skylar and Zach,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. I have never been inside that volcano and probably won't this trip, they say it is about to blow! Mountain gorillas must live in the wild because they can’t handle the stress of leaving the wild to live in a caged zoo.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean


Dean Jacobs

Hi Ankit, Taylor and Olivia,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. The reason there are so few mountain gorillas is because the habitat, or place where they live and can find food, is getting smaller as people cut down the trees to farm the land. Some gorillas do live in the zoo, western lowland gorillas. Mountain gorillas don’t because they can’t handle the stress of leaving the wild to live in a caged zoo.
The students in the picture are in grade 1. The teacher doesn’t sit!
I don’t know what the inside looks like of that volcano. I imagine it is full of red hot lava. When the conditions are right and clouds are right above the volcano at night, you can see the red lava reflecting off the clouds, pretty cool huh?
Happy to have you along for the journey! Do you want to see a volcano one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Ruby, Taylor P, and Brandon,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. Seeing mountain gorillas up close and personal is really awesome, unlike anything I have ever done.
Yes, I had a great time interviewing people from my hometown. The kids in Rwanda like to play many of the same games you like! They really like soccer here! One of the best ways you can help gorillas is by adopting one, all the money goes towards research and protection.
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Sarah, Mickayla and Ben,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. You did help these students in Rwanda by doing the penny race, thank you for that support. When I present the notebooks and pens, I will post some photos on my blog for you to see.
Sometimes I have felt like a mountain gorilla, especially when they lay in the afternoon sun to take a nap! One of the best ways to help is to adopt a gorilla which helps provide money for research and protection. Nature designed all animals different, and we all react different to different things. I do know people sometimes drink tea made from the leaves of nettles. So in a way people eat them too. I’m glad you like the podcast, I plan to make some more at some point. The mud on the volcanoes comes from the same place all dirt comes from, from the breaking down of rocks and from the decay of plant material.
Do you want to go to Africa one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Jordan,Samantha, Sophie and Tony,
Thank you for the posting on my blog. The gorillas don’t get hurt when they eat nettles because they have learned to roll them up and eat them with the nettles needles pointing in the same direction, so when they swallow, the needles don’t poke them. Diane Fossey started the center to study gorillas in 1967, a long time ago, huh?
Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Ryan, Reed and May,
Thank you for the posting on my blog and the kind words. The kids in Rwanda do get a break, but it comes at different times of the year. I love watching gorillas, because you never know what might happen. Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Mickayla,Darian

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are two girls writing to you.Also we live in Denver,Colorado
and we are both 9 years old. we both like all of your adventures on the web. Our favorite is when you went to Africa. How many mountain gorillas have you seen? Have you ever felt like you are a part of the gorilla family? Do the mothers ever leave the babies alone? How many months are you going to be in Africa? I I hope you had a nice time !
Your friends,
Darian and Mickayla

Gunnar and Mark

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are 3rd graders at Highland. We looked at your web site. It was cool. We heard there was some trouble in the Congo. The gorillas in the Congo are really cool. Have you seen any lowland gorillas? Can you tell us about your favorite time with the gorillas? Thank you for protecting the gorillas.
Your friends,
Mark and Gunnar


Samantha,Khylee

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are 3rd graders at Highland Elentry school.We looked at article called Manitin Gorillas. Gorillas are interesting. You have so many pictures. When the gorillas go to eat the nettles, do their hands hurt? Why don't gorillas eat meat? It's interesting that you've traveled the world.
Your friends,
Khylee and Samantha

kihvi and keith

Dear Mr. Dean,
Hi,its kihvi and keith.Can you send more photes of gorllas?
I hope you have fun on your last month in Rwanda.Do you like it there? Have you seen any low land gorllas and frogs?Are you coming to are school /Highland Elemntary?
You rock,
kihvi and keith

skylar,elizabeth,taylor

Dear mr.dean
we are highland E. third gard girls we liked your pictures how long can gorillas live up to
can't thay live up to 50 years old? And do they have a favoright tipe of food? well as i was saying
we looked at the goillas they are cool.

your, firends taylor,skylar,elizabeth

Jordan,Jay,Mairekk:)

Dear Mr. Dean Jacobs,
We are in Mrs. Guthrie's 4th grade class at Highland Elementary. Ms. Tharp has been teaching us about the Dian Fossey Website. We think it is very interesting to learn about gorillas and we have a couple of questions. Are you having fun in Rwanda? We learned about the gorilla called Titus. He was underdeveloped as a young gorilla and his mom didn't care about him. He became a lead gorilla. What was it like to see him in real life? How big was he compared to you? Could you tell how much he weighed? Thanks for making this website so fun!
Your friends,

Jaya,Hannah,Jurnee, and Sophia

Dear Dean Jacobs,
We are in Mrs.Guthrie's 4th grade class at Highland Elementary. Ms. Tharp has been teaching us about the Dian Fossey website on gorillas. We think it is very interesting to learn about gorillas and we have a couple of questions. Do you know why Shinda, the leader of a group, died? Are you having fun with the gorillas in Rwanda.What got you into traveling around the world? What was it like to meet Titus? Thank you for telling us much about the gorillas on your website.
Your friends,
Jaya,Hannah,Jurnee,and Sophia

Garrett,Hunter, and Jacob

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
We are aliens from planet X. We love your website and we are big fans.I have big poster of your gorillas on wall.Just kidding about being aliens! We are 4th graders. We learned a lot and can't wait till you come back. We learned that Mountain gorillas eat 40 pounds of food a day. We are also learning about the kids at the Bisate school. How do the kids like the hokey poky?

Tyler,Joseph,Connor

Dear Mr.Jacobs,
We are forth graders from Highland Elementary.We are studying Titus the gorilla king.We learned that Titus became a dominate spiecies.We liked the part when titus had a enough of Shinda and did the chest bang.Could you tell me why Titus was so calm?Did you like the part when all of the soliders left? Your friends,
Tyler,Connor, and Joseph

Julie, Evan, Kelli, and Nick. :-)

Dear Mr.Dean,

We're from Mrs.Guthrie's 4th grade class, from Highland Elemeneary. we have a few questions for you. How long was your journey? And how did Diane Fossy figure out that Titus had beathing problems? We're facinated by how the gorrillas eat.we learnd that some flowers could hurt you who new right? We also learned that gorillas don't recongnize invisable lines so they wander where they want.Thank you for teaching us. Closing off.

Ivett, Conor, Aaron, and Sylvia

P.S. We are amazed how the gorillas eat. We also have a few questions for you. What's it like being with the gorillas? What does it feel like being touched by the gorillas? Were the gorillas fun or anoying? How long did it take to climb up the mountainside?

Your freinds,
Ivett, Conor, Sylvia, and Aaron

Ivett, Conor, Aaron, and Sylvia

Dear Mr.Dean,
We are from Highland Elementary School. We are in Mrs.Tharp Lumley's group. Hi we're children from Colorado.
we really,really liked your blog!


Your friend's
Ivett,Sylvia,Conor,and Aaron

Ryan, Reed, and May

Dear Mr. Dean,

We are 3rd graders at Highland Elementary. we looked at your journey in Rwanda--it was awesome! We also looked at your blog. Do the kids in Rwanda get a summer break? We really like your website. It's so cool. Do you like watcing gorillas?

Your friends,
Ryan, Reed, and May

Jordan, Samantha, Sophie, and Tony

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

We are 3rd graders at Highland Elementary in Centennial, Colorado. We looked at the pictures you took. The gorillas are cool!!!! We learned that there are only 700 gorillas left. We are sad for Shinda. Do the gorillas get hur when the eat the nettles? What year did Dian Fossey open the center for gorillas? Have fun!

Your friends,
Jordan, Samantha, Sophie, and Tony

Srah, Mickayla, and Ben

Dear Mr. Dean,

We are 3rd graders at Highland Elementary in Littleton, Colorado. We learned that some kids in Rwanda don't have notebooks. We want to help them. Have you ever felt that you were a part of a gorilla family? How can we help get more mountain gorillas? Why can gorillas eat theplants that make us itchy and sick? We liked how you keep the podcasts from the past. Oh, and how does the mud get on the volcanoes? Thank you for putting so may pictures and podcasts on your website.

Your friends,
Sarah, Mickayla, and Ben

Brandon,Ruby,Taylor

Dear Mr.Dean,
How are you doing? We are fine.We had some questions about gorillas. What is it like seeing a gorilla close up to you? Did you have fun at your hometown interviewing people? We hope you had fun. What games do the kids in Rwanda like to play? We like to play tag, animals, and hide-and-seek. I think it's cool you get to travel all around the world. We want to help the gorillas. Is there any way we can?

Thank you for everything!
Ruby, Taylor P, and Brandon

Ankit, Taylor, and Olivia

Dear Mr. Dean,

We are students at Highland Elementary, in third grade. We're looking at the gorillas and the school pictures. Why are mountain gorillas so few? Why can't gorillas live in the zoo? What grade are the kids in the picture in? Where does the teacher sit? Your website is really cool? We saw a picture of a volcano, but what does it look like inside? We loved learning about gorillas.

Your friends,
Ankit, Taylor, and Olivia

Vivian, Nick, Skylar, Zach

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

We are 3rd graders at Highland Elementary. We are in Ms. Hicks' class. We have been learning about mountain gorillas. We think they are cool!! Did you actually go inside the volcano? Why do mountain gorillas have to live in the wild to survive?

Your friends,
Vivian, Nick, Skylar, and Zach

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