Planet Without Apes
Can we live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth, and all the biological knowledge about ourselves that would die along with them? Extinction of the great apes threatens to become a reality within a few human generations. Stanford tells us how we can redirect the course of an otherwise bleak future.
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Planet Without ApesUser Review - Book Verdict
Anyone looking for a single book summarizing the current status of great apes and their prospects for survival in the coming decades need look no further than this short but heartbreaking title. Chimpanzee expert Stanford (codirector, Jane Goodall Research Ctr.; biology & anthropology, Univ. of Southern California; The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime) paints a brutally honest picture of the numerous factors driving all the great ape species into extinction, particularly the accelerated rate of habitat loss in Africa and Indonesia. This catastrophic threat, plus other serious pressures, has produced an almost unstoppable momentum of eradication. Stanford convincingly demonstrates that this human-caused extinction crisis is due to a decades-long campaign of extermination in which chimps, gorillas, and orangutans have been sacrificed for agricultural development (e.g., palm oil plantations) and natural resource extraction (e.g., timber). VERDICT Stanford has brilliantly distilled scientific research, African and Asian economic issues, and ethical concerns surrounding the exploitation of these intelligent, highly social creatures into a powerful plea for primate protection. The breadth and depth of this superb work makes it an excellent choice for all readers interested in science and natural history.—Cynthia Knight, formerly with Hunterdon Cty. Lib., Flemington, NJ ...
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Amazing writing, thought provoking , gut wrenching , and very difficult issues....... Primatology mixed with wildlife conservation and human needs .......
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