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Among Chimpanzees by Nancy J. Merrick
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May 26, 2015 | ISBN 9780807080740

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“[A] sobering and cleareyed new book … part memoir, part travelogue and part clarion call to action.” 
New York Times Science Times

“The plight of wild chimpanzees is getting worse by the day, but no one seems to notice. If our closest relatives were to disappear, we’d be losing one of our most valuable connections to nature. Nancy Merrick brings home this message in an engaging first-hand account of the situation on the ground. The book is a must-read for anyone concerned, and comes with proposals that seek to harmonize conservation with human development.”
—Frans de Waal, author of The Bonobo and the Atheist

“This is a fascinating book that presents many delightful and insightful tales about chimpanzees, with all their remarkable individuality, cleverness, intelligence, creativity—their bright flame of consciousness—on display. It is also a passionate book that explains why we are in danger of losing them forever. You will love this book, I know. You will also, I hope, be haunted by it—and perhaps inspired as well, as you learn what people are doing to reverse the trend and save our closest living relatives from extinction.”
—Dale Peterson, author of Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man

Among Chimpanzees is an important book, documenting the dedicated struggle to ensure our great ape cousins survive in the forests and woodlands of Africa. The author paints a vivid picture of the contrasts between the Africa she encountered when she joined Jane Goodall’s multi-national research team back in 1972, and today’s very different Africa and its growing human population whose needs are central to both the threats and solutions of conservation and sustainable living in the 21st Century.”
—Ian Redmond, Chairman of the Ape Alliance and author of The Primate Family Tree

“Our close relatives, chimpanzees, are the poster animals for the destruction of other beings and their homes. Dr. Nancy Merrick’s outstanding and inspirational book shows clearly why we must all work together to save endangered and imperiled species so that future generations will inherit a planet that’s worth caring about. Those who work on behalf of other species are not ‘the radicals’ who should be silenced, but rather the compassionate people to whom we all must carefully listen and follow. Read and share this most important book.” 
—Marc Bekoff, author of Rewilding Our Hearts 

“In Nancy Merrick’s inspiring memoir the future of the apes is too precarious to leave to the professionals. Her story of how she became a lifelong activist for chimpanzee conservation is heart-rending, uplifting and ultimately important because it gives powerful evidence of her core conviction: one person really can make a difference.”
—Richard Wrangham, co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University 

Table Of Contents

FOREWORD by Jane Goodall



CHAPTER 1. Déjà Vu in Paradise

CHAPTER 2. Sanctuary

CHAPTER 3. New Arrivals

CHAPTER 4. Full Circle

CHAPTER 5. Facade and Survival


CHAPTER 6. The Path to Gombe Stream

CHAPTER 7. A Different Time

CHAPTER 8. New Developments


CHAPTER 10. Kigoma Bound

CHAPTER 11. After Gombe


CHAPTER 12. Sounding the Alarm

CHAPTER 13. In the Nick of Time

CHAPTER 14. Linking Destinies in Uganda: 2011

CHAPTER 15. Africa’s Sanctuaries and Fragmented Forests

CHAPTER 16. Ending Bushmeat

CHAPTER 17. Chimps, Guerrillas, and Dr. Hamburg

CHAPTER 18. Carole Noon and the Power of One

CHAPTER 19. Zoos

CHAPTER 20. For Your Entertainment


CHAPTER 21. The Future of the Gombe Chimps

CHAPTER 22. The Congo Basin

CHAPTER 23. Hail Mary: What One Person Can Do

CHAPTER 24. Roots & Shoots, and Final Reflections





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