|Animals, Insects of the Jungles of Gor
|This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor
The canopy, or zone of the canopies, ranges from about sixty to one hundred and twenty-five
feet high, Gorean measure. The first zone extends from the ground to the beginning of the
canopies above, some sixty feet in height, Gorean measure. We may perhaps, somewhat
loosely, speak of this first zone as the "floor," or better, "ground zone," of the rain forest. In the
level of the emergents there live primarily birds, in particular parrots, long-billed fleers, and
needle-tailed lits. Monkeys and tree urts, and snakes and insects, however, can also be found in
this highest level. In the second level, that of the canopies, is found an incredible variety of birds,
warblers, finches, mindars, the crested lit and the common lit, the fruit tindel, the yellow gim,
tanagers, some varieties of parrot, and many more. Here, too, may be found snakes and
monkeys, gliding urts, leaf urts, squirrels, climbing long-tailed porcupines, lizards, sloths, and the
usual varieties of insects, ants, centipedes, scorpions, beetles and flies, and so on. In the lower
portion of the canopies, too, can be found heavier birds, such as the ivory-billed woodpecker and
the umbrella bird. Guernon monkeys too, usually inhabit this level. In the ground zone, and on
the ground itself, are certain birds, some flighted, like the hook-billed gort, which preys largely on
rodents, such as ground urts, and the insectivorous whistling finch, and some unflighted, like the
grub borer and land gim. Along the river, of course, many other species of birds may be found,
such as jungle gants, tufted fishers and ring-necked and yellow-legged waders. Also in the
ground zone are varieties of snake, such as the ost and hith, and numerous species of insects.
The rock spider has been mentioned, and termites, also.
Termites, incidentally, are extremely important to the ecology of the forest. In their feeding they
break down and destroy the branches and trunks of fallen trees. The termite "dust"
thereafter, by the action of bacteria, is reduced to humus, and the humus to nitrogen and
mineral.In the lower branches of the "ground zone" may be found also, small
animals, such as tarsiers, nocturnal jit monkeys, black squirrels, four-toed leaf urts, jungle varts
and the prowling, solitary giani, tiny, cat-sized panthers, not dangerous to man. ON the floor
itself are also found several varieties of animal life, in particular marsupials, such as the armored
gatch, and rodents, such as slees and ground urts. Several varieties of tarsk, large and small,
also inhibit this zone. More than six varieties of anteater are also found here, and more than
twenty kinds of small, fleet, single-horned tabuk. ON the jungle floor, as well, are found jungle
larls and jungle panthers, of diverse kinds, and many smaller catlike predators. These, on the
whole, avoid men.
They are less dangerous in the rain forest, than in the northern latitudes. I do not know why this
should be the case. Perhaps it is because in the rain forest food is usually plentiful for them, and,
thus there is little temptation for them to transgress the boundaries of their customary prey
categories. They will, however, upon occasion, particularly if provoked or challenged, attack with
dispatch. Conspicuously absent in the rain forest of the UA were sleen. This is just as well for
the sleen, commonly, hunts on the first scent it takes upon emerging from its burrow after dark.
Moreover it hunts single-mindedly and tenaciously. It can be extremely dangerous to men, even
more so, I think, than the Voltai, or northern larl. I think the sleen, which is widespread on Gor, is
not found, or not frequently found, in the jungles because of the enormous rains, and the
incredible dampness and humidity. Perhaps the sleen, a burrowing, furred animal, finds itself
uncomfortable in such a habitat. There is, however, a sleenlike animal, the zeder, which
frequents the UA and her tributaries. It knifes through the water by day and, at night,, returns to
its nest, built from sticks and mud in the branches of a tree overlooking the water. Explorers of
Gor (Electronic book, Loc 6484 of 9717
The slave had been given the name 'Saru'.
The saru is found variously on Gor, but usually in the tropical areas. For example, it is common in
the jungles of the Ua. Also, I had learned from Tajima, if is found here and there, in the home, so
to speak, of the "strange men". The saru is a small, usually arboreal animal. It is usually
regarded with amusement, or contempt. It figures in childrem's stories as a cute, curious,
mischeveousl little beast, but also one that is stupid, vain, and ignorant. Although the saru, as
far as I can tell, is nor a monkey zoologically, it surely ocupies a similar ecological niche, and
resembles the monkey in diet, habits, groupings, and such. It is tailless. Swordsmen of Gor,
(E-book, Loc 4702 of 11941)