Harry N. Abrams, Oct 1, 1999 - History - 144 pages
For more than 25 years, renowned primatologist Birute Galdikas has lived among the orangutans of Borneo, studying their habits, defending them against loggers and poachers, and nurturing their orphaned youngsters.
Now, with this extraordinary pictorial essay, Galdikas brings to life her work with these shy and endangered red apes. Taking readers to her remote rainforest headquarters, Galdikas draws on Karl Ammann's unparalleled photographs to present intimate portraits of the individual orangutans she's come to know and offers rare glimpses of their behavior in the wild.
With an introduction by famed chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall -- who, like Galdikas and Dian Fossey, is a Louis Leakey protegee -- this is a superb and revelatory volume for nature and animal lovers everywhere.
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Orangutan odysseyUser Review - Book Verdict
For more than 25 years, primatologist Galdikas has studied the elusive wild orangutans in the forests of Borneo. Having written about her experiences and findings in Reflections of Eden, she offers here a photographic essay on the current plight of orangutans, with a particular emphasis on environmental degradation in Borneo, especially in recent years when logging, forest fires, and gold mining have destroyed much of the habitat these animals need for survival. Without directly addressing her critics, such as Linda Spalding (A Dark Place in the Jungle, LJ 5/1/99), Galdikas justifies her activities in rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned orangutans and reintroducing them to the forest. Some volunteer assistants are photographed wearing face masks and gloves to protect the orangutans from picking up human diseases; others are not. Galdikas does not respond to allegations that some baby orangutans have been kept in crowded, unsanitary conditions. She does argue, based on "ongoing research" (no citations provided), that wild orangutans have not been affected behaviorally or medically by the reintroduction of ex-captives. She also writes that the "preoccupation with rehabilitation is a symptom of the failure to get to the underlying causes of the orangutan crisis....We should be talking about how to stop the flow of captive orangutans and the destruction of orangutan habitat." True, but Galdikas's stature and effectiveness in the scientific and conservation community may depend on how effectively she protects the animals in her care. This is a beautiful book that belongs in public and academic libraries, but it's not the last word on Galdikas.--Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA ...
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We read the statistics of rainforest destruction...and if not numbed to the numbers by now, surely we will be soon. The number of acres destroyed daily, weekly, hourly seems impossible. Indeed the ... Read full review