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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    In their skin.

    In our eyes they seem like nothing more than animals but the deep true fact is that we are them. Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas have been researching these wonderful creatures for many years and have come to discover many scientific break through's. Jane Goodall has been researching the chimps in Gombe. A nice peaceful area with tons of different species living throughout the forest. She was the first of Louis Leakey's three primates and was said to be like a daughter to him. He loved her very much and whenever she needed help he was there for her. Jane Goodall began her research on the chimps not knowing a thing to becoming one of the world's top scientific researchers. She discovered that we as humans were most related to the chimps by the way of their brain structures and how they created tools to help get food or make things. Dian Fossey took a different route. Dian Fossey was known to be extreme but she used her extremism to save the animals she loved. Dian Fossey was studying gorillas in the mountains of Karisoke. She was the second of the three primates and was one of the most hated by her students and pupils. Her love for the mountain gorillas was so great it caused her to do things no person besides her would have done. She took the matter of poachers into her own hands by hunting them down, burning their houses, kidnapping their children and destroying their traps. Some say she was crazy but in others eyes she was a hero for what she did. She was murdered in 1985 in her home on the mountain she had dedicated her life to protecting. Birute was different from the other two. The last of Louis Leakey's three primates she took her researching way differently. Her scientific research was right from the book. She used names like Jane but her format was like the ones college professors preferred. She helped nurture baby orangutans back to the wild and she let them live with her. She used the power of the people to help with funding her camp. She had tours placed and even had people come work for a year to see what it was like. She did not just live to save the orangutans but she lived to help them and be with them. Her "powers" helped save hundreds of orangutans. As a student reading this book it has inspired me to look into different career opportunities. Sy Montgomery kept me reading to the very end and then wishing there was more I could know. A very inspirational read and I would recommend it to all ages.

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