Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary Hardcover – Apr 25 2011
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?This book will make you think deeply about our relationship with great apes. It amazed me to discover the behaviors and feelings of the chimpanzees.? ?Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation ()
About the Author
ANDREW WESTOLL is an award-winning narrative journalist and internationally published author. A former biologist and primatologist, his first book, The Riverbones, is a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, where he once lived as a monkey researcher. Andrew now lives and writes in Toronto. Visit him at www.andrewwestoll.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Gloria Grow, the woman who co-founded Fauna, speaks about how people need to have something that they care about and are willing to fight for outside of themselves. She is an inspiration in her passion and fight for the chimps. But the stars of the book are the chimps themselves with their traumatized and gloriously authentic personalities.
Westoll mentioned something earlier on in the book about how people, when they come into contact with the chimps, see reflections of themselves at a primal level. I found myself consistently making comparisons between the limitations and capacities of humans and apes and how even in the midst of the scars of mistreatment and the cruelty that we are capable of, there is the possibility for healing and love to flourish. It is redemption at its finest.
The only negative that I would mention, and it is minor, is that I struggled to get a clear picture in my mind of the how the sanctuary is laid out - I needed a visual image of how the caretaker humans and chimps were connecting. Some more detailed photos would have helped.
It was disturbing to read what the chimps were subjected to but the book revolves mainly
on their recovery at the sanctuary. I am grateful for having read this book and even more
so to the author for raising awareness on the matter. God bless the author and all the volunteers at
the Fauna sanctuary.
This said, as the title of the book implies, most of Westoll's account is given over to the chimpanzees of Fauna Sanctuary themselves. This is the great strength of the book. Each chimp has its own back story, its own personality, its own very personal journey from a horrific life to one of attempted rehabilitation. Throughout, Westoll never shies away from some of the more unsavoury aspects of the human-chimpanzee relationship. He compels the reader to test their own perspective of the relationship - where we place ourselves in the panoply of beings on Earth, particularly the species to which we are most closely related. In examining how the chimps fare in their personal transition from a life of subjugation to life "as a chimp" at the sanctuary, Westoll accomplishes the feat of balancing the value of being human with the value of being chimp. In doing so, he forces the reader to address the moral issues surrounding the treatment of not only chimpanzees, but other non-human species as well.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I love the great apes. I knew about their terrible life as victims in biomedical research. This book is beautyfully written and brings me closer to these fantastic relatives of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Janos Baracs
Awesome book that will stay with you as time goes on. Great Canadian sanctuary that not many people are aware of. The book is informative as well as meaningful.Published 13 months ago by Jill
The personalities of the chimps are described with fondness and respect. The effects of years of undergoing medical testing brought me to tears.Published on May 21 2013 by Patti Smith
Absolutely fantastic read. The reader develops an intimate relationship with the chimps and the story of their lives. Sad, funny and touching.Published on April 28 2013 by Nellie Dale
I loved this tear jerking book. How can people treat these almost human creatures so cruelly? Pulling babies from their mothers just when they are newly born? Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2013 by A. Strickland-clark
Depuis que je suis toute petite, j'adore les chimpanzés, gorilles etc...
J'ai entendu parler de la Fondation Fauna il y a quelques années suite à un... Read more
I was surprised not to have seen this book reviewed, or heard about it previously. It was recommended by someone in my book group who has worked at Fauna sanctuary. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2012 by Cannuck
Just finished reading The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary. Like any great book, you won't want it to end. Brilliantly paced - Andrew Westoll does a great job of telling the often funny... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2012 by A. Naidoo
One of the best books I've ever read! Andrew Westoll describes the horrors of chimpanzee research and the amazing rescue work of Fauna. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2012 by YdS