By Nancy J. Merrick

ISBN-10: 0807084913

ISBN-13: 9780807084915

A former pupil and colleague of Jane Goodall stocks tales of chimps and their heroes, and takes readers on a trip to save lots of man's closest relative.

Unbeknownst to a lot of the general public, chimps are in difficulty: censuses exhibit them to be extinct in 4 African nations and approximately so in ten others. a wide percent of the rest populations dwell in unprotected, more and more fragmented forests.

When Nancy Merrick realized those startling proof in 2009, she determined it used to be prior time to find the level to which chimpanzees are in danger throughout Africa and what may be performed. Merrick had all started operating with primates in 1972 as a tender box assistant in Jane Goodall's recognized Gombe camp. just like the remainder of the area on the time, she was once swept up within the pleasure of learning the awesome global of chimpanzees--their skill to type instruments, their staggering intelligence, and their complicated relationships and societies. From that second on, her human-centered worldview shifted, and he or she grew to become a loyal suggest for our closest genetic relatives.

while Merrick returns to Africa many years later, she's alarmed via how a lot has replaced. Human job, similar to agriculture and logging, has encroached on average habitats all through equatorial Africa, endangering chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos. on the way to comprehend what we will be able to do to save lots of nice apes, Merrick connects with primatologists and conservationists who're attempting to safeguard the final nice forests. Visits to a few of Africa's parks, sanctuaries, and increasing agricultural parts display the urgency of the issues and the muse of the folk major the hunt for ideas. alongside the way in which, Merrick demonstrates that the simplest wish for chimps and different nice apes lies in connecting conservation to humanitarian efforts, making sure a fit destiny for animals and people alike.

Among Chimpanzees is straight away an inspiring chronicle of Merrick's own seek to benefit how chimps are faring throughout Africa and in captivity, an important eyewitness account of a really severe interval of their life, and a rousing demand us to affix the efforts to be a voice for the chimpanzees, earlier than it's too late.

Foreword by way of Jane Goodall.

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