In My Family Tree: A Life with Chimpanzees

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Grove Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Sheila Siddle's life was changed forever one fateful day in 1983 when a local game ranger brought a battered, malnourished chimpanzee to the door of her cattle ranch in central Zambia and asked her to do whatever she could to save it. As Sheila and her husband nursed it back to health, they treated the young chimp they would name Pal as if he were a human infant feeding him medicine and bottled milk, sharing their bed with him at night, and carrying him on their backs until he regained the strength to survive on his own. From these humble beginnings Sheila and David Siddle would go on to launch the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, an internationally acclaimed animal refuge that has grown to become the home for more than eighty chimps, one disarmingly domesticated hippopotamus named Billy, and a variety of other endangered animals. In My Family Tree is the inspiring journey of a woman who has dedicated her life to providing a refuge for chimpanzees in Africa and of the chimps that have become a part of her family along the way.
  

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Interesting, quick read. Very special people making a difference in the lives of many animals. Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
ix
Pal
1
Africa
19
Chimfunshi
35
Chimpanzees
45
The Great Wall
69
Rita
91
Sandy
111
Escape
155
Billy
179
The Enemy
205
Birth
231
The Attack
253
The Transfer
263
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Chimpanzees
277
Acknowledgments
281

Milla
131

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References to this book

Chimpanzees
Rebecca Stefoff
Limited preview - 2004

About the author (2003)

SHEILA SIDDLE moved to Africa in 1947 and since the 1950s has lived in Zambia, where she has been a race-car driver, a cattle rancher, and the mother of five children.

Cress is a journalist.

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