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Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombeby Jane Goodall
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and#8220;Astonishing . . . Moving.and#8221; and#8212;People
and#8220;The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is an unflinching, visceral look at the emotional and physical damageand#8212;actual, real damage done to specific, individual apesand#8212;in some of Americaand#8217;s most notorious biomedical research labs. It is also the story of humans who were driven to provide them with refuge, retirement . . . and, ultimately, their inherent right to dignity.and#8221; and#8212;Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
IN THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS, Gloria Grow has created a rehabilitation center like none other. Thirteen chimpanzees, rescued from zoos and medical testing laboratories, now call Fauna Sanctuary home. After decades of cruelty and deprivation, these resilient primates are finally free to eat, sleep, play, and roam in peaceand#8212;all while fighting their personal demons. Primatologist and author Andrew Westoll lived and worked at Fauna one remarkable summer, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is his poignant testimony to the capacity of these animals to healand#8212;and to learn to be chimps again. This is an absorbing, bighearted story about the species more closely related to us than any other.
and#8220;There is plenty of moral outrage in this book, but there is also plenty of wonder . . . Impassioned and well reasoned.and#8221; and#8212;Cleveland Plain Dealer
Originally published: 2000. With new pref. and afterword.
Through a Windowand#160;is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwinedand#160;community — one that reads like a novel, but it is one of the most important scientific works ever published.
This is a fascinating and moving account of a remarkable community of chimpanzees who gradually learn to become chimps again after spending years in research laboratories.and#160; Brimming with empathy and touching stories, this book makes us question just what we owe to the animals who are our nearest genetic relations.
Through aWindow is the dramatic saga of thirty years in the life of an intimately intertwined communityand#151;one that reads like a novel, but is one of the most important scientific works ever published.The community is Gombe, on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, where the principal residents are chimpanzees and one extraordinary woman who is their student, protector, and historian.
In her classic In the Shadow of Man, Jane Goodall wrote of her first ten years at Gombe. In Through a Window she brings the story up to the present, painting a more complete and vivid portrait of our closest relatives.We watch young Figanand#8217;s relentless rise to power and old Mikeand#8217;s crushing defeat. We learn how one mother rears her children to succeed and another dooms hers to failure.We witness horrifying murders, touching moments of affection, joyous births, and wrenching deaths. In short, we see every emotion known to humans stripped to its essence. In the mirror of chimpanzee life, we see ourselves reflected.
About the Author
JANE GOODALL continues to study and write about primate behavior. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. She is the author of many books, including two autobiographies in letters, Africa in My Blood and Beyond Innocence. Today Dr. Goodall spends much of her time lecturing, sharing her message of hope for the future, and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.
Table of Contents
1 GOMBE 1
2 THE MIND OF THE CHIMPANZEE 14
3 THE RESEARCH CENTRE 28
4 MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS 38
5 FIGANS RISE 50
6 POWER 62
7 CHANGE 76
8 GILKA 87
9 SEX 99
10 WAR 114
11 SONS AND MOTHERS 130
12 BABOONS 143
13 GOBLIN 159
14 JOMEO 173
15 MELISSA 184
16 GIGI 203
17 LOVE 218
18 BRIDGING THE GAP 235
19 OUR SHAME 247
20 CONCLUSION 268
APPENDIX I. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF NON-HUMAN ANIMALS 300
APPENDIX II. CHIMPANZEE CONSERVATION AND SANCTUARIES 307
GOMBE BIBLIOGRAPHY 313
GOMBE RESEARCH AND SUPPORT 316
ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE 338
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