Synopses & Reviews
and#147;Among African Apes
is an exciting report fresh from the scientific frontlinesand#151;a series of personal, dramatic, and yet superbly informative accounts of the latest research. It also reminds us that our nearest relatives, the African great apes, are threatened as never before with the prospect of extinction.and#8221;-Dale Peterson, author of Elephant Reflections
and Eating Apes
and#147;This engaging and compelling book is an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the lives of wild chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. In these narratives, set in the lush, tangled forests of tropical Africa, scientific observation meets adventure story as the lives of individual animals are intertwined with the agonies and ecstasies of fieldwork.and#8221;-Kelly Stewart, co-author of Gorilla Society and author of Gorillas
"Some of the most devoted primatologists offer a wonderful collection of first-hand accounts and splendid photographs that make us feel like we're beside them watching our relatives in the forest."-Frans de Waal, author of Our Inner Ape and Chimpanzee Politics
and#8220;Gives a fresh insight into research and conservation efforts . . . vivid descriptions reveal how chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas hunt, socialize and play in their natural habitat, as well as the threats they face from poaching, disease and deforestation.and#8221;
and#8220;If you like to think of chimps as wise, rational tool-users, gorillas as gentle giants, or bonobos as sexed-up hippie apes, be prepared for a shock. Among African Apes, a collection of field diaries, is primatology given the Tarantino treatment.and#8221;
"Compelling."--The Guardian / Birdbooker Report Blog
and#8220;Awe and surprise come through these stories of seasoned field scientists learning new things.and#8221;
and#8220;Illuminating collection of essays.and#8221;
“Compelling.” New Scientist
“Awe and surprise come through these stories of seasoned field scientists learning new things.” Ian Paulsen - The Guardian / Birdbooker Report Blog
“Illuminating collection of essays.” Nancy Bent - Booklist
and#8220;An excellent introduction to the world of primates.and#8221;
These compelling stories and photographs take us to places like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Ivindo National Park in Gabon, and the Taand#239; National Park in Cand#244;te dand#8217;Ivoire for an intimate and revealing look at the lives of African wild apesand#151;and at the lives of the humans who study them. In tales of adventure, research, and conservation, veteran field researchers and conservationists describe exciting discoveries made over the past few decades about chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. The book features vivid descriptions of interactions among these highly intelligent creatures as they hunt, socialize, and play. More difficult themes emerge as well, including the threats apes face from poaching, disease, and deforestation. In stories that are often moving and highly personal, this book takes measure of how special the great apes are and discusses positive conservation efforts, including ecotourism, that can help bring these magnificent animals back from the brink of extinction.
About the Author
Martha M. Robbins is Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She is coeditor of Mountain Gorillas: Three Decades of Research at Karisoke and Feeding Ecology of Apes and Other Primates. Christophe Boesch is Director of the Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He is the author of The Real Chimpanzee: Sex Strategies in the Forest, among other books.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Who, What, Where, and Why
Martha M. Robbins
1. Discovering Apes
Martha M. Robbins
2. Life and Death in the Forest
3. Encounters with Bili Chimpanzees in the Undisturbed Gangu Forest
4. Is Blood Thicker Than Water?
Gottfried Hohmann and Barbara Fruth
5. Our Cousins in the Forestand#151;or Bushmeat?
6. Discovering Chimpanzee Traditions
Crickette Sanz and David Morgan
7. Keeping it in the Family: Tribal Warfare between Chimpanzee Communities
8. Winonaand#8217;s Search for the Right Silverback: Insights into Female Strategies at a Natural Rain Forest Clearing in Northern Congo
9. The Long Road to Habituation: A Window into the Lives of Gorillas
10. Among Silverbacks
Martha M. Robbins
11. The Diversity of the Apes: What Is the Future?