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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    through the observations in Africa and Southeast Asia of scores of primatologists spawned by Fossey and Goodall we have discovered great ape species each have their separate character The orangutans are introspective loners; gorillas laid back and largely undemonstrative; the bonobos gleeful hedonists; and chimpanzees the thugs by far the most destructive and murderous from the Prologue But to varying degrees and for diverse reasons they are all disappearing from the wild From the Universitad Pompeo Fabra in BarcelonaThe author wanted to see what he could of them in their native haunts while there was still the opportunity He looks at gorillas chimpanzees bonobos and orangutans the first three in Africa the last in Borneo What he finds is both fascinating and alarming Paul Rafaele is a certified character In 2007 he was interviewed by Peter Carlson for The Washington Post Carlson characterized him as a professional adventurer perhaps the last in a long line of popular writers who ventured into wild places and returned with electrifying tales of fearsome animals and strange humansHe's the last of a breed says Carey Winfrey Smithsonian magazine's editor in chief I don't want to use the word 'throwback' but he is a throwback He's a throwback Winfrey says to such 19th century British explorer writers as Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke and to the American writer Richard Halliburton who traveled to Devil's Island and swam the Sea of Galilee and followed Cortez's route through Mexico and wrote about it all in countless articles and best selling books in the 1920s and '30sHe has a childlike curiosity and enthusiasm for people and places Winfrey says His world is a world of infinite possibilities and infinite heterogeneity It's the world as seen through the eyes of a 16 year old schoolboyThe last apes the Aussie adventurer reported on in book form were the naked variety and he was looking into the predilection of some for feeding on their own Not so much with our furrier cousins This image graces the inside rear flap of the book and does as good a job as any of portraying the authorGorillasDiane Fossey made the world aware of gorillas but not all of them Turns out there are several sub species She specialized in the mountain variety the largest of the four There are eastern and western lowland varieties and the one you almost certainly never heard of the Cross River gorillas which are undoubtedly the most endangered of them all Sorry none from Skull Island or any other islands for that matterThe best known gorilla of all timeRaffaele interviews a host of field experts and fills us in on how gorillas live We get a look at their family structure group interaction diet child rearing and the problem infants face should troop leadership change hands We also learn that gorilla vocalization includes higher pitched tonal calls similar to humans humming and singing favored by younger troop members Can’t you damn kids keep it down toga toga Toga Toga TOga TOga TOGa TOGa TOGA TOGA Sometimes the musicality spreads Raffaele uotes gorilla expert Amy Vedder One individual would start a low rumbling sound breathing in and out in a modulated tone This might remain a solo performance and last no than a minute Often however others would join adding gender and age specific basses baritones tenors and sopranos in a mix The result was a chorus of entwined melodies rising and falling in a natural rhythm that might continue for several minutes; a gorilla Gregorian chant in a Virunga cathedralBet ya didn’t see that coming We learn a bit about the differences among the subspecies The Cross River offers the most uniue experience of the four gorilla habitats No our furry friends are not punting back and forth across a waterway on bespoke rafts Their particular brand of gorilla is named for the Cross River where they live It took greater effort for Raffaele to get to them than it did to reach any of the others He was not exactly a kid when he headed out there a trek that included significant life threatening passages It is particularly exciting to read of that leg of his adventure The Cross River gorillas are the least interfered with of any gorilla population The animals are not at all habituated to humans and their protectors want to keep it that way The plusses and minuses of habituation to people come in for considerable discussion here for all the species under review All the gorilla sub species face enormous challenges Eliminate near constant civil wars locals setting traps by the thousands in gorilla habitat to catch bush meat of various sorts corrupt officials selling off protected land for logging and making charcoal and our cousins’ chances of surviving into the 22nd century would skyrocket If wishes were horses though a lot of these folks would probably kill and eat them The fear is uite real that someday in the 21st century because of greed and corruption when we think of gorillas in the mist the only thing remaining will be the mistChimpanzeesIf Kong was the prototypical image many of us had of gorillas there is a chimpanzee of comparable familiarity although of much modest dimensionsDoctor Zira in Planet of the Apes 1968 No but nice try There was a much earlier representative of the species one that remained in the public consciousness long after the films in which he appeared had become uaint I speak of course of a matinee idolWhy Cheeta of course ever helpful ever reliable Jungle Man’s best friendThe reality of chimpanzee life in the wild is not uite so comforting Raffaele learns about how culture is transmitted from generation to generation relative educability of male and female young age based mate preference by males it is not what you might expect their use of medicinal plants including A pluriseta an abortifacient They are also uite willing to form gangs and murder members of their own troop They show a decided predilection for violence Chimpanzees are clever and use their intelligence for dark ends BonobosBonobos are very similar to chimps in appearance seeming to be a slightly smaller version But there are significant differences between the species Carston Knott keeper of great apes at the Frankfurt zoo told Raffaele I tell new keepers that if you throw a screwdriver in with the gorillas they wouldn’t notice it for weeks on end unless they sat on it The chimpanzees would use it to destroy something within minutes but the bonobos and orangutans within thirty minutes would figure out how to use it to unlock the cage door and escape Considerable differences are noted here between chimps and bonobos the latter being the closest ape to humans DNA wise It is summed up nicely in one simple statement Chimps are from Mars bonobos are from Venus Well one aspect of their existence anyway Chimpanzee females come into heat for only a few days a month and so competition for them among the males can be fierce with the dominant male granting mating rights to his allies But bonobo females are receptive to the males for most of each month and that means there is hardly any fighting by the males for their favors The lively sex lives of bonobos is not restricted by age or gender Monkey business is just fine for bonobos whatever their age with partners of both genders with plenty of positional creativity being applied Another element that differentiates bonobos from chimps is that bonding with mom persists for a lifetime Chimpanzee maternal bonds are a lot fragile Unlike their larger ape cousins bonobos do not kill other bonobos OrangutansThe orangutan is the largest arboreal creature on earth Unlike their African cousins orangutans are primarily solitary slow moving creatures They do not really need to get anywhere in a hurry The orang habitat is under considerable assault as the government clears large swaths of native forest in order to plant palm oil trees to satisfy a growing international demand Raffaele picks up a bit of intel on the orang sex life It includes oral He spends some time looking at an operation in Borneo that aims at rehabbing orphaned orangs and returning them to the wild paying particular attention to some serious problems with the program One unusual feature about orangs is that there is dimorphism among males The leader of the pack grows large and sprouts those facial flanges that look like rubber add ons Should the big guy slip on a banana peel and take a header the vacuum will indeed be filled And the successor will sprout the same extra bits Clyde’s seems an appropriate response to the eco vandalism the Indonesian government is committing against the orangutans’ habitatRaffaele does take breaks from his extended nature travels to stop in at facilities doing relevant research in various parts of the world These outings are uite interesting He is not a fan of zoos but does acknowledge that the finer institutions of that sort do offer real potential benefits to the species with which they work He also has a riveting conversation with the head of a tribe whose members he says can transform themselves into gorillas and back again Very CastanedaYou may or may not go ape for Among the Great Apes but you will certainly want to hoot and holler for all that you will learn on this journey and might even want to thump your chest a bit when you are done thus letting those around you know just how big and powerful your brain has become And as for the 800 pound gorilla in the room it is probably two gorillas inside an over sized gorilla suit Real gorillas only grow to about four hundred pounds It might not even do them much good were they to begin growing to double their natural size The challenges all the great apes face are unrelenting and deadly The long term prospects for all the creatures addressed here are far from great But you will learn a heck of a lot following Raffaele on his uest or I’m a monkey’s uncle Posted November 11 2013EXTRA STUFFPR on FacebookPR on TwitterInterview with the Washington PostThe Smithsonian page for Raffaele includes links to several articles he wrote for them over the years The information reported in several of these was incorporated into the bookOk I really tried to figure out how to get this image into the body of the review but I just could not force it in So in a fit of self indulgence I am dropping it down here Any look at a book about apes and yes I know this is not supposed to be an ape but a Homo Sap predecessor seems incomplete without it If you do not recognize this you may have evolving to doApril 26 2016 Just came across this sad news piece by Rachel Nuwer in the NY Times about some simian cousins New Gorilla Survey Supports Fears of Extinction Within DecadeSeptember 10 2016 An interesting piece in the NY Times about bonobo girl power In the Bonobo World Female Camaraderie Prevails by Natalie AngierNovember 8 2016 A video item in the NY Times reports on research showing similarities between human and bonobo vision The Aging Eyes of BonobosDecember 2016 National Geographic Magazine Inside the Private Lives of Orangutans By Mel White Photographs and Videos by Tim Laman Pretty interesting stuffA Sumatran orang branching out from the articleSeptember 2017 National Geographic Magazine The Gorillas Dian Fossey Saved Are Facing New Challenges By Elizabeth RoyteOctober 2017 National Geographic Magazine How Jane Goodall Changed What We Know About Chimps by Tony GerberFlint was the first infant born at Gombe after Jane arrived With him she had a great opportunity to study chimp development—and to have physical contact which is no longer deemed appropriate with chimps in the wild photograph by Hugo can Lawick – Image and description from article aboveOctober 24 2017 Wild and Captive Chimpanzees Share Personality Traits With Humans by Karen WeintraubNovember 2 2017 NY Times New Orangutan Species Could Be the Most Endangered Great Ape by Joe CochraneAn orangutan from the Batang Toru region of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia which researchers say is a distinct third species of great apes Credit Tim Laman Text and image from the NY Times article aboveNovember 4 2017 NY Times Smuggled Beaten and DruggedThe Illicit Global Ape Trade – by Jeffrey Gentleman A female bonobo feeding fruit to her baby at Lola Ya Bonobo Since 2005 United Nations investigators say tens of thousands of apes have been trafficked or killed Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times Image and text from above NYT articleApril 27 2018 NY Times Stand up and pay attention Researchers may have found a clue in a particular population of chimps that helps explain how humans began to walk upright Hints of Human Evolution in Chimpanzees That Endure a Savanna’s Heat by Carl ZimmerEarly hominins might have used some of the strategies documented in Fongoli chipmanzees like staying near water Humans have skin glands that let us sweat much than chimpanzees and the origin of our upright posture might have been an adaptation to stay coolerCreditFrans Lantinglantingcom Image and text from above article

  2. Nathan Nathan says:

    I really wanted to like this book Paul Raffaele does the sort of things that make for good reading set off into the jungles to see his subjects firsthand But this wasn't good reading It's not a well told story; too much of Raffaele gets in the way I wanted to read about what he learned about the great apes and less about his exploits and cleverness in dealing with the natives What information on the apes there is is completely unoriginal I think it's a well intentioned book Raffaele does end his book with a call to protect the apes But the preceding material does nothing to inspire any enthusiasm for the cause It's boring and it had no excuse to be; the material is there Raffaele just wastes it

  3. Laura Laura says:

    It shocks me that a book on such a potentially fascinating topic could be written so badly I plodded through the first 180 pages the facts about the apes themselves keeping me engaged enough Then I read this line The CAR was colonized by the French and it is still tied tightly to Paris by economic defense and cultural links Over the long colonial rule the locals obviously took a liking to the emotive Gallic body language Wow WOW For real A few pages earlier Hordes of girls have tramped in from the impoverished villages and are offering their charms all over town The most beautiful of the girls Corinne is barely 16 She latches on to me and flashes a scintillating smile even when I am not alone As she serves me she maneuvers her spectacular breasts barely contained by a skin tight T shirt as close as decently can to my face and throws me a suggestive glance My white skin meaning rich man is the lureOh and a few pages before that describing a female scientist Claudine Andre An attractive redhead Claudine looks like the middle aged manager of a classy Parisian bar than a savior of the bonobos HOLY SHIT I did not highlight such uotes as I went along No the entire account is FULL of this stuff I could open to practically any page and find bullshit I am slightly appalled with myself for reading as much as I did but I was genuinely interested in the apes Ah the overwhelming irony Such strong sexist bigoted tones in a book about primates So in addition to the author having no real concept of how to fashion facts into a gripping linear narrative the style was like a series of crappy Reader's Digest articles which unsurprisingly Raffaele has written for he is also simply INTOLERABLE There are PLENTY of brilliant books written about apes This isn't one of them

  4. Gail Double Gail Double says:

    I really enjoyed this book It describes the plight of the great apes and inspires me to continue what I've been doing for the planet Example leading a vegetarian lifestyle recycling taking measures to save water I really think this book humanized these animals I did get the feeling that the author thought that the great apes than other animals should be saved because they are most like us But I hope I'm wrong As for those readers who thought he was not very politically correct when he described the young girl prostitutes who haunted the cafes and hotels he stayed at I think he was just describing his environment Unfortunately people but women and children in particular are destitute in these parts of the world Which makes saving the great apes for these people not as high on the priority list What they need is basic needs fulfilled If we in the developed world helped these people we might help the great apes at the same time

  5. Brianna Brianna says:

    I enjoyed this book for the most part It is not a book that is purely focused on great apes It is also a travel book and talks about getting to the great apes and other things that are happening as well The one thing I didn't like about this book was that the author seems to make sexist comments including one that said a beautiful scientist seemed like she would be a model or some such thing than a scientist I found this insulting to women in science as it seems to imply that beauty and brains do not go together Other than this I enjoyed reading about the travels to the great apes Overall not focused on science as the writer is a journalist and if you are interested in this topic you will likely know most of the information in this book to begin with

  6. Amanda Morris Amanda Morris says:

    Getting to see all four of the great ape species How amazing would that be The author of this book gets to do that Not only does he detail his encounters with these amazing animals he also talks of the environmentscountries in which they live and how in danger they are of extinction It is a very powerful book The author is not as pro zoo as I am but does acknowledge the necessity of zoos for species survival I think this is a really important book to read to learn about our closest animal relatives and also to learn how in danger they are in and that everything possible needs to be done to protect them

  7. Brandon Brandon says:

    This was a well written alarm call for the conservation of great apes I greatly appreciated the comparison and synthesis of the varying species ecologies and the conservation threats they face All great apes face similar conservation issues of habitat destruction and hunting for the pet trade and bushmeat I also particularly appreciated Raffaele's honest assessment of zoos and their role in conservation I agree with him in that although some may play an important role in fundraising and conservation of genetics the vast majority are profiting from the imprisonment of intelligent sentient creatures that draw large crowds of the gawking public If a few do need to be kept in zoos for legitimate conservation purposes at the least they should be kept in large habitats where they can escape the public gaze and we should name them what they are sacrificial animalsRaffaele's writing style is simple but enjoyable He gives plenty of information on the natural history and ecology of the apes entertaining stories and asides and a deep connection to apes and our shared living experiences I would say our shared humanity but that's not uite the right word and I don't know if the right word exists yet We obviously experience similar emotions wants needs and interactions with others of our kind and the world as the other great apes This comes through in Raffaele's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed this I did not particularly enjoy his not infreuent referrals to his personal physical injuries and hardships It gives it the air of a 19th century explorer celebrating his toughness in traversing darkest Africa I also thought that Raffaele didn't give sufficient context to a lot of the societal conflicts surrounding great ape conservation For example he is too uick to make sweeping generalizations about the Rwandan genocide or the 2 DRC civil wars He condemns big man African politics but doesn't acknowledge that Mobutu's rule of the DRC was a direct result of Belgian colonial policies and documented US intervention by the CIA I agree that preserving the great apes is a paramount conservation and moral objective but it will never be successful if attempts ignore the context of the countries the apes live in

  8. Lucy Springett Lucy Springett says:

    This book was frustrating The information Raffaele presented about the apes is interesting but unoriginal If you're new to great ape studies read chapter one of each section and you'll learn a lot However I don't recommend reading much beyond thatOther reviewers have noted his misogynistic tones There is a sharp contrast to how he presents men and women in this book For example he introduces Claudine Andre founder of Lola Ya Bonobo by calling her An attractive redheadwho looks like the middle aged manager of a classy Parisian bar than a savior of the bonobos Meanwhile Richard Wrangham who is featured on the cover with a glowing endorsement is uoted referenced and even revered freuently throughout the book Raffaele introduces Wrangham without mention of his appearance only praise for how influential his work has beenBeyond this however is the author's and editors' failure to catch glaring mathematical errors I stumbled several times as I read flawed statistics One example is in reference to African pygmies For thousands of years the pygmies were masters of euatorial Africa but today there may only be 100000 of these seminomadic hunter gatherers left There may only be about 200000 in the Central African RepublicObviously I wasn't a fan of the book The way it was written and the author's apparent attitudes toward different researchers and conservationists as well as unreliable stats ruined a book that had great potential to become a favorite

  9. Darran Darran says:

    Some interesting comparisons between the great ape species were investigated I think that the book could have included details on the general biology and behavior of each species instead of placing a lot of emphasis on the authors travel difficulties in studying the animals in the wild The later did make the book a fairly interesting and easy read while avoiding the text book feel and provided a lot of explanations on why these species are facing extinction in the wild Personally I would have liked in depth information about each species but if you are looking for a primer on the diversity of great apes and the threats they are facing to survive this book will be great for you

  10. Amy Amy says:

    This book was really interesting in terms of information I hadn't encountered before about the great ape species However there were tangents that didn't really seem to further the storyBeyond that the style of writing drove me nuts Just not a great writer And stupid details he included for god knows what reason Did we need to know the child prostitute serving you tea in that cafe had spectacular breasts No Does it make you sound like a nasty person to mention it Yes

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Among the Great Apes ❰Read❯ ➵ Among the Great Apes Author Paul Raffaele – “A fantastic book Anyone who cares about animals will benefit hugely from reading it” —Shaun Ellis star of Animal Planet's Living with the Wolfman and author of The Man Who Lives with WolvesAwar “A fantastic book Anyone who cares about animals will benefit hugely from reading it” —Shaun Ellis star of Animal Planet's Living with the Wolfman and author of The Man Who Lives with WolvesAward winning adventure journalist Paul Raffaele’s Among the Great Apes is the first book in over a decade—and possibly the last ever—to take its readers into the lives of our charismatic cousins the great apes in their native habitats Raffaele a feature writer for Smithsonian magazine has been called “nothing less than a one of a Among the PDF \ kind world treasure” by renowned author Alvin Toffler.