Hugging the Chimps: Adventures in Burundi

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AuthorHouse, Nov 5, 2004 - Pets - 296 pages
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Hugging the Chimps is the fascinating story of a woman who ventures to Burundi, in Central Africa, to fulfill her life-long dream: to live with chimpanzees and experience first-hand what they are really like. In the midst of a brutal civil war that devastates the country and claims the lives of two fellow workers at the Jane Goodall Institute, she provides tender loving care to a large group of orphaned chimpanzees who have been rescued from poachers and pet traders.

Life with the chimpanzees is not all joy. The frisky youngsters frequently attack and bite fellow-apes and caretakers. A baby chimp is stillborn. A powerful, escaped male launches a near fatal assault on one of the keepers. Other first-hand accounts include trips to bleak refugee camps, visits to an orphanage for children from Rwanda, and a weekend spent tracking wild chimpanzees through the forest.

AS the author gets to know her charges intimately, her life-long fascination with chimpanzees turns into true love of the creatures who have more than 98% of their genes in common with man.

This is an inspiring and informative story that will delight all readers, especially those who love animals and tales of travel and adventure.

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About the author (2004)

Christel Hann grew up in Berlin, Germany, during the Second World War, but has spent a good deal of her life abroad. Her world wide postings included Tanzania, where she engaged in refugee resettlement; Moscow, where she worked for the American Embassy; and Tokyo, where she was employed at the United Nations University. For two-and-a-half years she also worked as scheduling secretary for the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York. Christel and her husband divide their time between their homes in Santa Barbara, California, and Fire Island, New York. She earned a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and works as a volunteer keeper at the Santa Barbara Zoo, where she takes care of the gorillas.

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