This extraordinary and definitive book about orangutans is based on the ten years of research that author and scientist Anne Russon has undertaken studying orangutan behavior The only great apes found in Asia, these arboreal wizards are by nature elusive and solitary, and inhabit nearly inaccessible tropical rain forests The tragedy is that orangutans are now near extinction, surviving in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra where human influx is rapidly appropriating their habitat Orangutan populations have been further devastated by the human trade in captive primates For those orangutans who do survive captivity, there are special sanctuaries in Indonesia and Malaysia which offer rehabilitation and a return to forest life Russon includes a scientific history of orangutans, a description of orangutans and their natural habitat, their astonishing behavior patterns, rehabilitation operations at Camp Leakey and Wanariset, the politics of orangutan rescue work, a look at orangutans released back into the forest, as well as what the future holds for these primates With than 100 full color photographs taken by the author during her visits to the rain forests, this is an absorbing and instructive look at the complex and unusual world of orangutans....
|Title||:||Orangutans: Wizards of the Rain Forest|
|Publisher||:||Firefly Books March 4, 2000|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||582 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Orangutans: Wizards of the Rain Forest Reviews
If you want to learn about orangutans as a species, but are afraid of getting close to individual animals who show personalities, likes and dislikes, moods, and -- yes -- cultural adaptations, then stay away from this marvelous book.
Anyone who gets this book is likely a fan of the orangutan to begin with, as was the case with me. I found this book only increased that feeling.
Orangutans are nearly gone. As this book shows, it would be such a tragedy if they were to disappear from the wild.
Not taking anything away from Birute Galdikas who has been studying Orangutans longer than Anne Russon, but this book is different than Galdikas' two books, and as a scientific overview of these great apes it is hard to beat. Galdikas' REFLECTIONS OF EDEN mixed natural history with memoir, and ORANGUTAN ODYSSEY is slim - less text and more photographs - and serves as a good coffee-table book.
After reading a short biography about Birute Galdikas, I wanted to learn more about the interesting world of organgutans. Some Amazon reviewers of her books highly recommended this one instead, and I thank them for the good advice. What a wonderful and insightful book--Anne Russon doesn't shine the light on herself. Instead she incorporates brief details about her purpose in studying orangutan behavior into a broader-scoped book which furnishes the ABCs (and more) of orangutan life. I was particularly surprised to read about the negative impact Earthwatch and ecotourism has had. As another reviewer noted, delightful pictures grace almost every page, and they are strategically inserted to correspond with what is being read. This book will inspire you to learn more about our closest relatives. Anne Russon also provides information in the back of the book to do just that.
Interesting and funny look at the behavior of the endangered species of orangutans. This book describes the experience of Russon and her colleagues' work in transitioning abused and pet orangutans back to living in a natural environment. Orangutans are visibly very cunning animals, which have managed to trick the researchers in this national park more than once. Russan recounts her experience with an orangutan that insisted on washing clothes, and describes stories of them raiding secured guard posts and untying canoes and taking them up and down the river.