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Orangutans: Wizards of the Rain Forestby Anne E Russon
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A first-hand account of orangutan intelligence and behavior, including a scientific history, description, habitat, and rescue, rehabilitation and release programs. The revised edition has new data and has been updated.
Book News Annotation:
The revised edition of Russon's paean to the complex intelligence of the orangutan (first published in 2000) includes new data on the apes' thought processes, their rehabilitation in the wild, and the Borneo rain forest. In first-person prose as engaging as any travel writer's, Russon (psychology, York U., Toronto, Canada) provides a scientific history of orangutans and their behavior patterns and details the lives of rehabilitated ex-captive orangutans at Camp Leakey in Borneo and the Willie Smits Orangutan Reintroduction Project in Wanariset, Indonesia. The volume includes many of her lovely, lively color photographs.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Praise for the previous edition: A fascinating firsthand account of the behavior and intelligence of orangutans, Russon's book is also an account of the successes, failures, and politics of orangutan rehabilitation in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra... The book is lavishly illustrated with full color photographs.- Choice
The only great apes found in Asia, these arboreal wizards are by nature elusive and solitary, and inhabit nearly inaccessible tropical rainforests. The tragedy is that orangutans are almost extinct, surviving in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra where human influx is rapidly appropriating their habitat.
Based on fifteen years of research, this extraordinary and definitive book focuses on orangutan intelligence and behavior.
This book includes: A scientific history of orangutansDetailed descriptions of orangutans and their natural habitatAstonishing behavior patternsRehabilitation operations at Camp Leakey and WanarisetThe complex politics of orangutan rescue workResults of orangutans released back into the forestUpdated resourcesWhat the future holds for these primates.
With one hundred color photographs taken by the author during her visits to the rainforests, Orangutans is an absorbing and instructive look at the unusual world of orangutans.
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