Synopses & Reviews
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
"Moving."and#160;and#8212;People, 4/4 stars "The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary blew me away. It is a master work that deserves an audience stretching from the US Congress to medical-school students to the widest possible public." - Bookslut.com "a powerful look at how we treat our closest relatives" - Cleveland Plain Dealer "what I found from the first chapter was compassion, education and some of the best writing I have encountered in a very long time.and#12288; This book is not an in-your-face telling-you-what-to-do animal rights book full of horror, but an account of tenderness, turmoil and traverse spanning over a period of time much longer thanand#12288;when Fauna Sanctuary opened its doors 14 years ago." - Times Union "This incisive book describes the daily lives of 13 resident chimps, their resilience after so much suffering and the invasive research practices that 'render them as psychologically compromised as human victims of domestic violence or political and war prisoners.'...An affecting work about our genetic cousin." - Kirkus "A distressing, deeply important exposand#233; of the suffering we have inflicted on our closest animal relation, the ethics of animal testing, and finally (and happily) a heartening picture of Fauna Sanctuary's commitment and compassion." - Publishers Weekly "The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is a true story of endurance and resilience, compassion, dedication and love. I knew the prison-like conditions of the medical research facility from which Gloria [Grow] rescued these chimpanzees; when I visited them at their new sanctuary I was moved to tears. Finally they had reached a secure haven where, gradually, they could recover from their years of torment. Andrew Westoll is a born story teller: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, written with empathy and skill, tenderness and humour, involves us in a world few understand. And leaves us marveling at the ways in which chimpanzees are so like us, and why they deserve our help and are entitled to our respect." --Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE and#12288; "This book will make you think deeply about our relationship with great apes. It amazed me to discover the behaviors and feelings of the chimpanzees."and#8212;Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation "This book is a wonder. Passionate, intelligent, moving and, above all, tremendously important, it illustrates the triumph of the wild spirit and offers surprising hope that the human animal might yet be redeemed. Think of Peter Singer's Animal Liberation and J.M. Coetzeeand#8217;s The Lives of Animals, and youand#8217;ll have some idea of what it is you hold in your hands. It has been a long time since any author has inspired me to such extremes of compassion and humility."and#8212;Barbara Gowdy, author of The White Bone
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.and#160;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.
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.
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
and#160;2 and#160;THE MIND OF THE CHIMPANZEE 14
and#160;3 and#160;THE RESEARCH CENTRE 28
and#160;4 and#160;MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS 38
and#160;5 and#160;FIGANand#8217;S RISE 50
and#160;6 and#160;POWER 62
and#160;7 and#160;CHANGE 76
and#160;8 and#160;GILKA 87
and#160;9 and#160;SEX 99
and#160;10 and#160;WAR 114
and#160;11 and#160;SONS AND MOTHERS 130
and#160;12 and#160;BABOONS 143
and#160;13 and#160;GOBLIN 159
and#160;14 and#160;JOMEO 173
and#160;15 and#160;MELISSA 184
and#160;16 and#160;GIGI 203
and#160;17 and#160;LOVE 218
and#160;18 and#160;BRIDGING THE GAP 235
and#160;19 and#160;OUR SHAME 247
and#160;20 and#160;CONCLUSION 268
and#160;and#160;APPENDIX I. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE EXPLOITATION OF NON-HUMAN ANIMALS 300
and#160;and#160;APPENDIX II. CHIMPANZEE CONSERVATION AND SANCTUARIES 307
and#160;and#160;GOMBE BIBLIOGRAPHY 313
and#160;and#160;GOMBE RESEARCH AND SUPPORT 316
and#160;and#160;ABOUT THE JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE 338