Using exclusive access and the latest technology, this extraordinary documentary DVD seeks to understand more about the lives, the history and the uncertain future of our endangered relative, the gorilla. Only discovered a century ago, mountain gorillas inhabit a fragile world. A small number of families cling to existence on the forested peaks of isolated volcanoes, in three war-torn countries, surrounded on all sides by a growing human population. Mountain gorillas live in highly social families, held together by long-term bonds, often resembling the way that we, ourselves, live. Mountain Gorillas closely follows one of the families, and the team's exclusive access means that for the first time they can use night vision technology to film the gorillas' secret night-time routines. There are a great number of threats to the safety of this family. Poachers are rife, and snares have been left throughout the forest - one gorilla in the family has a painfully swollen hand caused by a snare that remains tightly embedded around his wrist. However, even the best intentions can cause the gorillas harm, as well meaning tourists can transmit diseases that can prove fatal. This series meets the dedicated team of eight vets belonging to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project who are working hard to protect the future of the mountain gorilla. For years they have provided emergency medical care that has saved many of the gorillas' lives. However they are not alone in helping the species - vets, rangers, researchers and conservationists all work together to raise awareness of the benefits of this unique species - but their dedicated work will only succeed with the support of all those who share the land with them. This is the most intimate portrait of gorilla life to date, and reveals how, if the mountain gorillas are to survive, a close connection between them and the local people must remain.