Walking with the great apes.

Walking with the great apes. Sy Montgomery.

White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing Co, 2009. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

WAS $30. 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 Birute Galdikas lives in intimate proximity to the orangutans of Borneo. All three began their work as protegees of the great Anglo-African archeologist 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.

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