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January 16, 2011

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marissa

May 10, 8-2011
Dear Mr. Jacobs,
Hi, my name is Marissa. I am so glad you came to our school to talk about your trip. I’m in 5th grade class. We were the smallest 5th grade class. My teacher is Mrs. Carlstrom. I live in Walden, Colorado. We enjoyed hearing about your trip and what you did there.
I am an elementary student at North Park in Walden, CO. My class and I have been checking your website to learn more about your trip and what you did there. My favorite video was the “Mountain Gorillas”. It was so sad. It made my eyes water
One of my favorite places you visited was Africa. I liked the animals you saw. I liked the lions and the penguins. I didn’t know that penguins lived in Africa. You showed us a lot of things that day.
Thank you for coming to our school to tell all about your trip. We enjoyed your show in tell thank you.

Your new friend,
Marissa

mason

May 11, 2011

Dear Mr. Jacob,
I would like to thank you for your presentation. I thought it was amazing because you got to be on a mountain near Mount Everest. Also, I have a question was it beautiful being near Mount Everest? My favorite animal was the mountain gorilla because they look fun to play with and they look really cool. I hope they aren’t scared.
I would like to go to Africa just like you did. I also bet Africa is hot and never snows. I have another question did you ride a giraffe? I bet it was funny when you saw the women only women then you found the men in a bar type thing either that or it was a bar. Also, that must suck for the ladies because they have to work their butts off why the men drink! Which I also think is pretty funny. I hope the lions didn’t try to attack you or else that would be scary. Also if that happened I would run in terror. But I bet I wouldn’t out run it though. Also it would be cool to have no speed limits because you can drive as fast as you want. We thank you for coming to our school.


Your friend
Mason 

george


Dear Mr. Jacobs,
Hi my name is George I am in 5th grade. Do you remember me? I met you at the cafeteria. I loved the Egypt part of your presentation and the penguin part in Africa. Oh thank you for coming to Walden Elementary School.
We looked at your website travel4life.com. I looked at your pictures and I loved the pandas. I also liked the mountain gorillas. I cannot decide on my favorite one.
One thing I learned is there are penguins in Africa. I also learned that you can go inside the pyramids of Egypt. I learned that in a place you can go as fast as you want to go.
Why didn’t you take a picture of the inside of the pyramid? Why didn’t you put picture of the pandas in your presentation?
I’m a big fan write back please you are great.
Your friend
George

madison

May 9, 2011
Dear Mr. Jacobs, I am a 5th grade and my name is Madison!!! I personally think you are very adventurist and funny. Can I ask you something? Ok, where was your favorite place to go? I also wanted to ask you, “What is your favorite animal?’’
I have watched most of your videos. I think they all are good and when I watch them all I bet they will all be great.
When you came to my school you were hilarious. You should come again just for me!!! I didn’t get your autograph!!!
You have gone to so many places that it is unbelievable! Do you know all of the languages? How do you like traveling around the world? I like the picture you gave me of an old man with three pigeons on him. Where did you say he was going? That is my last question, I think.  You must like Indiana Jones!!! I like the song, the games, and the movie!!!    Your friend,
Madison Walden Elementary

Payton

Dear Mr. Jacobs,
Hi! I am a 5th grader and my name is Payton!!! I really like your Podcast on the mountain gorillas. I thought it was sad when you said “Are you here to help or hurt me?” like that’s what they would have said. My class watched your podcast for a week leading up to our family literacy night when you came and spoke at our school.
When you taught us how to keep a journal I started one at school and at home. I liked how you taught us how to describe a picture in a matter of minutes.
I would like to follow my dreams like you followed yours and become a fashion designer. May I ask you a question? O.K. here’s the question. When you were growing up, did you ever think that you would encourage so many kids that you did?
Thanks again for encouraging me. 

Your friend,
Payton
Walden Elementary School

Dean Jacobs

Hi Mr. Griffin’s third grade class in Colorado Springs!

Thank you for the posting on my blog! That’s cool Ms. Shughart showed you my website, she’s a friend of mine. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the video and love hearing about how much you learned! Getting close to the mountain gorillas is a special experience. The habitat the mountain gorillas live is a very special place; I’ve rarely seen a place so rich and green!

The sound the rangers make is to let the mountain gorillas know we mean them no harm as we come into their territory.
It is amazing the gorillas remain so friendly to people given how much suffering people have caused them, I guess the gorillas are teaching us a lesson in their own special way.

Many people in Africa are poor and struggle to feed their families. Sometimes the gorillas get caught in traps set for other animals that people are trying to catch and eat. And in places like the Congo, people will actually eat the gorilla.
I am very lucky to travel the world, and I feel lucky to be able to share it with cool students like you. Do you want to see gorillas in the wild one day?

Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Mrs. Johnson’s third grade class in Colorado Springs!

Thank you for the posting on my blog! That’s cool Ms. Shughart showed you my website, she’s a friend of mine.
I would love to come to visit your school sometime; it would be a magical day! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the video and love hearing about how much you learned! Getting close to the mountain gorillas is a special experience.
The park rangers keep very busy in the forest taking down the snares or traps, it is sad situation. The sound the rangers make is to let the mountain gorillas know we mean them no harm as we come into their territory.

It is amazing the gorillas remain so friendly to people given how much suffering people have caused them, I guess the gorillas are teaching us a lesson in their own special way.

Nettles are a green plants that are covered with tiny hairs. These hairs have a resin on the tips. When people touch the plant, the resin causes an irritation to the skin, it stings!
To the best of my knowledge, the gorilla that gave me the long looks is still alive. Let’s hope it stays that way and one day she dies of natural causes.
Happy to have you along on this wondrous journey!
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Ms. Shugharts’ third grade class in Colorado Springs!
Thank you for the posting on my blog! ! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the video and love hearing about how much you learned! Getting close to the mountain gorillas is a special experience.

Do you want to see mountain gorillas one day in the wild?

You are correct, the sound is to let the mountain gorillas know we mean them no harm as we come into their territory.
There are no mountain gorillas in captivity, only western lowland gorillas. I guess some live longer because they generally have nothing to fear in a zoo. Nettles are a green plants that are covered with tiny hairs. These hairs have a resin on the tips. When people touch the plant, the resin causes an irritation to the skin, it stings!

I’m glad you enjoyed learning about the mountain gorillas, perhaps one day I could come visit your school to teach you more!
Cheers,
Dean

Dean Jacobs

Hi Mrs. Hughes’ third grade class in Colorado Springs!
Thank you for the posting on my blog! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the video and love hearing about how much you learned! Yes, it was special to get so close to the mountain gorillas. Especially with the one who kept staring at me with her sad and curious eyes.
You asked some great questions! To my knowledge no one has ever been seriously hurt by a mountain gorillas, which says something about them given how much suffering humans have caused them.
The gorillas do tend to migrate around the park, but they tend to stay within a certain territory created by the alpha male. Occasionally a lone male will travel larger distances looking for a place to start his own group.
I do have some good news about the mountain gorillas. A new census was completed and their population has gone from 720 to 782. This is very good news, but we still have a long ways to go to make sure they don’t disappear from the face of the world.
Do you want to see mountain gorillas in the wild one day?
Cheers,
Dean

Nicholle Shughart

Greetings Mr. Jacobs,

Hi, from Mrs. Hughes’ third grade classroom at Mountainside Elementary School on Fort Carson, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We just finished viewing the mountain gorilla podcast from the Congo. We liked how you walked us through your adventure to meet up with the gorillas. We felt as if we were with you in Africa. It was amazing you were able to get so close to take breath-taking photos. The photo of the young female gorilla starring into your camera with her curious dark brown eyes was a sight we’ll always remember. We learned that mountain gorillas live in small family groups. We also learned that elephants share their habitats with gorillas because of the path you saw. We learned that mountain gorillas seem to have thicker, fuller hair than lowland gorillas. We learned that the silverback is the only leader of the family. We’re wondering if gorillas are violent towards humans since some humans are violent towards them. Do gorillas stay in one area of the park, or do they migrate to other locations? Since you left Africa, have you heard any updates on how the gorillas are doing? Thank you for sharing your video, we learned many new facts!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Hughes’ Class

Nicholle Shughart

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

This is Ms. Shughart’s third grade class at Mountainside Elementary on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are learning about mammals in science and watched your podcast on mountain gorillas. We enjoy reading about non-fiction and enjoyed your pod-cast. It was interesting that you were able to study the gorillas so closely. We learned that the park ranger made a noise when a gorilla was spotted. We think this is to let the gorillas know humans are in the area. Are we right? From your podcast, we learned gorillas live longer in captivity than in the wild. Why is that? It was interesting to learn gorillas eat something called nettles. What are nettles? Thank you for sharing what you learned about mountain gorillas.

Your friends,
Ms. Shughart’s Class

Nicholle Shughart

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

Hi, this is Mrs. Johnson’s third grade class from Mountainside Elementary School on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ms. Shughart showed us your website, and we hope you can visit Mountainside one day! We watched your podcast on the mountain gorillas. We liked how you were able to get so close to the gorillas. We also enjoyed that the park ranger took down the trap so the gorillas would not get hurt. While watching the podcast, we learned that the ranger made a noise when he spotted a gorilla. Why did the park ranger make a noise when he gets close to the gorilla? We didn’t know gorillas were friendly. Why were the gorillas so friendly if people harm them? We also learned gorillas eat nettles. What’s a nettle? Do you know if the last gorilla you saw with the beautiful brown eyes is still alive? Thank you for sharing your adventures and taking the time to write back.

Sincerely,
Your friends in Mrs. Johnson’s Class

Nicholle Shughart

Dear Mr. Jacobs,

We are third graders in Mr. Griffin’s class at Mountainside Elementary School on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ms. Shughart introduced us to your website. Our class just viewed the podcast on mountain gorillas. While we liked many things in your video, we especially liked how you took time to show footage of the natural habitat of the gorillas. We also enjoyed how close you were able to get to take breath-taking photos. We learned gorillas have brown eyes, we thought they were black. We also learned the park ranger makes a noise when he first spots a gorilla. Why does the park ranger make a noise when he greets the gorilla? We noticed the gorillas seemed friendly towards you. Why is that when some humans are harmful towards them? You’re a great explorer and lucky to travel all over the world. Thank you for sharing what you have seen and learned!

Your friends,
Mr. Griffin’s Class

Dean Jacobs

Every day with the gorillas is a great day!

Alyson

It was funny. Did you have a good day. From,Alyson

nathan

We love it.

by Nathan and Alyson

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