Among the Great Apes: Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

Among the Great Apes: Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives

by Paul Raffaele


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061671845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,291,387
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Paul Raffaele has scored many world scoops for such magazines as Reader's Digest, Parade, and Smithsonian, including stories on North Korea, Saharan slave traders, and East Timor's fight for independence. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

The Mountain Gorillas: Gorillas and Guerillas in the Mist 1

The Wild, Wild Chimpanzees 69

The Bonobos: Our Long-Lost Cousins 129

King Kong at the Brink: The Western Lowland Gorillas 183

The Cross River Gorillas: Rarest of the Rare 237

The Enigmatic Orangutans: Borneo's Man of the Forest 295

A Call to Arms 343

Bibliography 353

Index 355

What People are Saying About This

Shaun Ellis

“A fantastic book that’s also a really emotional ride. Anyone who cares about animals will benefit hugely from reading it.”—Shaun Ellis, star of Animal Planet’s Living With the Wolfman and author of The Man Who Lives With Wolves

Peter Nichols

“[A] modern, non-fiction version of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World: a time-warp glimpse into man’s most primordial nightmare; exciting, fantastic, horrific—and a very well-written travel narrative.”

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Among the Great Apes: Adventures on the Trail of Our Closest Relatives 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dcoward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings about this book. I've always been fascinated by the Great Apes, so it was nice to find a book that discusses all of them. I guess I just wished that the book had focused a bit more ON the apes. The author provided background into the area the apes lived in, how difficult those areas are to reach, and the dangers the apes faced. That is understandable. But there was an awful lot of the author in this book that was not a memoir, and much of the information about the author seemed designed to show how macho he was - carrying on despite injuries, arguing aggressively with a zoo conservation specialist, or turning around armed rebels with his charming smile and small talk. He also seemed to reserve his biggest slams to female professionals - he has negative impressions of feminists who were excited about the bonobos more egalitarian culture, as well as various female researches. These features took away from my enjoyment - the great apes should have stayed the star of this book.