Chimpanzee Travels: On and off the Road in Africa

Chimpanzee Travels: On and off the Road in Africa

by Dale Peterson
     
 

A lifelong fascination with primates led Dale Peterson to Africa, which he crisscrossed in hope of sighting chimpanzees in the wild. As with any adventure worth retelling, however, Peterson's detours are as notable as his destinations. With the good-natured fatalism of the tested traveler, Peterson tells of trains and riverboats, opportunists and ecotourists, rain

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A lifelong fascination with primates led Dale Peterson to Africa, which he crisscrossed in hope of sighting chimpanzees in the wild. As with any adventure worth retelling, however, Peterson's detours are as notable as his destinations. With the good-natured fatalism of the tested traveler, Peterson tells of trains and riverboats, opportunists and ecotourists, rain forests and shantytowns as he conveys the pitfalls of going forth on a budget as tiny as the continent is vast. Along the way, we also meet Jane Goodall and several other renowned primate researchers and caretakers. This is travel writing with a purpose, an account that inspires both admiration and concern for Africa's people, places, and natural diversity.

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"Chimpanzee Travels is a lighthearted, deliciously amusing, but accurate story of Dale Peterson's travels into the forests and byways of Africa in search of chimpanzees and the strange white apes who study them. Buy it now—you won't regret it!"—Jane Goodall

"Delightful . . . A book in which humor arm-wrestles with the pathos of paradise lost in modern Africa."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Peterson cuts a swath through east, west, and central Africa. . . . And if you come along, you will be sure to meet some wild characters—not all of them chimps—have some chuckles, learn about animals, and reflect on the continent's troubles."—Boston Globe

"Peterson has a lively style, and one of those great careers with adventure built in. The book came out in 1995 and was ignored. Happily, it’s back, and it’s delightful."—National Geographic Adventure

"Peterson brings a wealth of good humor, a snappy irony, and a laid-back style to what were surely travels with a hard edge of difficulty. It's easy to admire the man and easier still to admire this droll, shrewd piece of travel writing."—Kirkus Reviews

"From malaria-infested waters and jungles to desert wastelands, Peterson explores the real Africa. . . . This book is a journal of his adventures, filled with head-on humor, frustration, and grit.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1990 and 1991, the author made extended trips to Africa in search of chimpanzees to study. Peterson, coauthor with Jane Goodall of Visions of Caliban, covered nine countries, using local transportation to reach remote places. He found chimps in reserves, zoos, private homes and rehabilitation camps. This exhilarating account of his travels describes the Ndoki Forest Reserve in northern Congo republic as ``Paradise.'' Traveling there with a Bantu guide and four marijuana-smoking pygmies, he encountered gorillas, giant forest hogs and chimpanzees. He went to the Baboon Islands of Gambia to observe research animals brought there for rehabilitation. At the Lop-Okanda Forest Reserve in Gabon, the animals are protected from hunters, but permits have been issued for logging. Peterson writes as well about fellow travelers-bored European tourists, Peace Corps workers, researchers-in this absorbing adventure-nature story. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Peterson, coauthor with Jane Goodall of Visions of Caliban (LJ 2/1/93) and author of The Deluge and The Ark (LJ 2/1/89), weaves a story of his African excursions that will make readers feel like they've been on safari. In this delightful book, Peterson recaps his journeys to find and photograph what is believed to be our closest primate relative. Readers will be amazed at his perseverance in locating the famed Gombe research center, where he met Goodall. Along with well-respected personages such as Goodall and primatologist Amy Vedderm, you'll meet such eccentric primates as Cephas and Polly Boom. You'll also experience the sights, sounds, and sensations of being in a totally foreign environment. Highly recommended where travelogs are popular.-Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820324890
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
04/07/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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