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Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary Hardcover – Apr 25 2011


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; 1st Edition edition (April 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554686490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686490
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Theresa A. Strunk on July 21 2011
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book will reach into the heart of the reader and bring about a gamut of emotions. I laughed at the author's interactions with the chimps, cried at their stories and evidence of psychological damage done to them at the hands of humans and marveled at their amazing capacity to trust humans again. This book clearly shows the many similarities between these apes and ourselves. They are so much like us yet have been treated so poorly. Andrew Westoll shows us that despite their treatment these chimps can touch our heart and look into our souls like no other animal on earth. This is definitely a read again and again book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Foodcoach on Sept. 3 2011
Format: Hardcover
As difficult as it for me, as it is for any animal lover, to read about the cruelty that humans can impose on our chimpanzee cousins, I am grateful that Westoll wrote this book. It is a glimpse into the heart of the chimps and those who care for and love them. It is painful to imagine the details of the trauma that these and other experimental chimps endure. We need this book, and as many people as possible to read it, to bring to light the inhumanity of what goes on behind closed lab doors.
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine on Aug. 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book brings to light the plight of chimps used in medical research settings.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm M Campbell on Jan. 15 2012
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Westoll's latest book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, explores the fraught relationship between two great apes, humans and chimpanzees. This exploration occurs in the context of Westoll's personal account of the time he spent at Fauna Sanctuary. Fauna Sanctuary is a refuge for chimpanzees who had previously been used in research, or in the entertainment industry, or had otherwise been raised and then rejected by humans. Against this backdrop, Westoll, a primatologist by training, examines the range of human perspectives of chimpanzees, from those who view chimps as useful laboratory animals, to those who view them as sentient sister-species deserving of the same consideration we afford our own species.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Poulin on Jan. 26 2012
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Westoll's passion for his subject is what brings this book to life. He draws you in with confidence in your intelligence and humanity and walks you through the chimps' darkest days but never leaves you there too long before bringing you back into the light of Fauna Sanctuary. His science is accessible, his humour is delightful, and his observations are profound. Westoll's writing style is that of a gifted storyteller; one who captivates his audience and leaves them changed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cannuck on Oct. 28 2012
Format: Hardcover
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. I found it well-written and moving, and I recommend it for anyone who has some interest in animal welfare.
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