Walking with the Great Apes

Walking with the Great Apes

by Sy Montgomery

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Walking with the Great Apes by Sy Montgomery

Three astounding women scientists have in recent years penetrated the jungles of Africa and Borneo to observe, nurture, and defend humanity's closest cousins. Jane Goodall has worked with the chimpanzees of Gombe for nearly 50 years; Dian Fossey died in 1985 defending the mountain gorillas of Rwanda; and Biruté Galdikas lives in intimate proximity to the orangutans of Borneo. All three began their work as protégées of the great Anglo-African archaeologist Louis Leakey, and each spent years in the field, allowing the apes to become their familiars-and ultimately waging battles to save them from extinction in the wild. Their combined accomplishments have been mind-blowing, as Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas forever changed how we think of our closest evolutionary relatives, of ourselves, and of how to conduct good science. From the personal to the primate, Sy Montgomery explores the science, wisdom, and living experience of three of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.

"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson," as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the world's most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo. She is the author of 13 award-winning books, including her nationally bestselling memoir, The Good Good Pig. Montgomery lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395515976
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/05/1991
Pages: 288

About the Author

"Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson," as theBoston Globedescribes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the world's most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed by an orangutan in Borneo. She is the author of numerous award-winning books, including her national best-selling memoir, The Good Good Pig,andTheSoul of an Octopus. Montgomery lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

One of the most widely read authors on anthropology and animals, wild and domestic, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, elephants, and human animals during her half-century-long career, all of which was inspired by her lengthy trips to Africa as a young woman. Her many books include The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Hometown:

Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany

Education:

Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

Table of Contents

Forward xi

Preface xvii

Part I Nurturers

1 Biruté Galdikas and Supinah 1

2 Jane Goodall and Flo 17

3 Dian Fossey and Digit 36

Part II Scientists

4 The Prodigal Faith of Louis Leakey 57

5 "Science with a Capital S" 75

6 The Sacrifice of Nyiramachabelli 111

7 A Study in Patience 142

Part III Warriors

8 Crusader: The Moral Dilemma of Jane Goodall 167

9 Sorceress: The Madness of Dian Fossey 184

10 Diplomat: The Politics of Biruté Galdikas 203

Epilogue: Shamans 221

Selected Bibliography 241

Organizations 244

Acknowledgments 245

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