For more than 25 years, primatologist Birute Galdikas has lived among the orangutans of Borneo, studying their habits, defending them against loggers and poachers, and nurturing their orphaned youngsters. This pictorial essay brings to life her work with these endangered red apes.
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(293mm x 270mm x 18mm)
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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UK Kirkus Review »
Less well known than Jane Goodall's chimpanzees and Dian Fossey's mountain gorillas, the orangutans - those mysterious red apes championed by Galdikas - are every bit as interesting, though they have been more difficult to study due to the high, remote Indonesian canopy where they live. As the third and least well known of the 'Leakey ladies' (the three women who were inspired and started on their work by Dr Louis Leakey), Galdikas has nevertheless produced scientific work of equally high caliber and resonance. This book, written with Nancy Biggs who studies orangutan communication, is a popular celebration of orangutans in a lavish, all colour, large format. In revealing the animal and the efforts to study it, Galdikas and Briggs share the difficulties, joys, rewards, and sometimes the disasters of the orangutans' world. The photographs - tender portraits of orangutan family life as well as the extraordinary rainforest world where they live - are the work of Karl Ammann who spent numerous weeks over several visits to the Kalimantan sanctuary-research station for the orangutans. (Kirkus UK)
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