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I stayed on to absorb the forest's spirit. I thought about the early days when infant Fifi rode into camp on old Flo's back, the older Figan and Faben following. How enchanted Fifi had been when Flo gave birth again, to infant Flint. Fifi and I together had watched and learned from Flo the best qualities of motherhood-techniques that I had practiced when raising my own son, Grub, and that Fifi is still using as she raises her extraordinarily large family.
....I was shocked to learn, during a conference in 1986, how rapidly chimpanzees were disappearing across their range in Africa. Numbering close to two million individuals at the turn of the century, a mere 150,000 (if that) remain, scattered (often in small fragmented groups that will almost certainly become extinct through inbreeding) across twenty-one African nations. Chimpanzees are threatened by habitat destruction, as increasing numbers of people need ever more land. Gombe itself is a tiny 30 square miles of forest utterly surrounded by cultivated field. Chimpanzees are caught in wire snares set up by hunters for antelopes, pigs, and so on. The chimps can break the wire, but lose hand or foot from the agonizingly tightened loop or die of gangrene. There are dealers who pay hunters to shoot mothers and take their infants for the live animal trade.
But the greatest threat to the continued existence of chimpanzees in their last stronghold, the great Congo Basin, is the so-called "bush meat trade." Logging roads enables hunters from the towns to travel into the heart of the last remaining forests. Shooting everything, from chimps and gorillas to small antelopes and birds, they truck the meat to markets in the towns-where many people prefer the flesh of wild animals and will pay more. Subsistence hunting enabled humans to live in harmony with nature for hundreds of years. The new commercial hunting is a pathway to extinction-for the Great Apes and all other wildlife.
...Now, as we move into the next millennium, we look ahead to further years of conservation, education, and caring. We, the Jane Goodall Institute-all our staff, members, and friends-are determined to make a positive impact on our world. Won't you join us?
Posted September 2, 2000
An absolute must have book, for anyone that wants to make a difference in this world, and cares deeply about this planet that we share. We can do it, together. Jane shows us all, that nothing is impossible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.