Many of the papers in this volume were first presented at the Third International Great Apes of the World Conference, held July 3-6, 1998 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The editors of this volume, the first in a two-volume series, are world renowned, having dedicated most of their lives to the study of great apes. The world's premiere primatologists, ethologists, and anthropologists present the most recent research on both captive and free-ranging African great apes. These scientists, through deep personal commitment and sacrifice, have expanded their knowledge of chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. With forests disappearing, many of these studies will never be duplicated. This volume, and all in the Developments in Primatology book series, aim to broaden and deepen the understanding of this valuable cause.
Galdikas, president of the Orangutan Foundation International in Los Angeles, Jane Goodall, and other renowned researchers in the field present 21 contributions by primatologists, ethologists, and anthropologists organized by six themes: evolution issues, chimpanzees, gorillas, comparative physiological bases for behavior and aging, and African apes at risk (e.g., by the bushmeat trade). The final selection by scholars from Princeton University's Center for Human Values provocatively asks: who is a person? This first in a two-volume set includes photos, data tables, and graphs. Many of these papers were presented at the Third International Great Apes of the World Conference (1998). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)