"Great Apes are self-aware, complex communicators, and skilled exploiters of their environment. Yet the most self-aware, the most complex communicator, the most exploitative of all, is now threatening the others with extinction. This book records what we humans know about our closest living relatives, and lays a basis for how we can preserve them for our posterity and theirs."Colin P. Groves, author of Primate Taxonomy
"A well researched, up-to-date, clearly presented compendium of information and analysis relevant to conservation of the great apes. This amount and extent of material has never before been brought together."Alexander H. Harcourt, University of California at Davis
This book, created in association with The Great Ape Survival Project (GRASP), has a mission: to raise awareness of the need for great ape conservation efforts and build the political will for further action (royalties from the sale of the book will support these efforts). In Section 1, editors Caldecott, an ecologist and primatologist, and Miles, a biologist with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center, introduce the six species of great apes and provide details on distribution, habitat, diet, social and reproductive behavior, population, threats, conservation efforts, and ongoing research. Section 2 discusses the challenges of great ape conservation, conservation measures already in place, and lessons learned so far. And Section 3 takes a close look at each country with a native great ape population. A study of the country's background and economy, distribution of great ape populations, current legislative and conservation actions, and future conservation strategies gives the reader an understanding of the true scope of the problem. More than 200 full-color photographs and detailed maps provide a visual description of the great apes and their habitats. Essays on relevant issues are displayed in boxes throughout the book, offering a forum for the contributors to state their opinions while the editors stick to the research-supported facts of the text. Bottom Line The Great Ape Project, edited by Paula Cavalieri and Peter Singer, focuses more on animal rights, and another comparative work, Birute Galdikas's Great Ape Odyssey, primarily discusses each great ape type and the threats to its respective population. The unique feature of the World Atlas is that it compiles both of these aspects and more into one well-organized and comprehensively researched work. While its intent is to raise awareness and promote conservation efforts, it is neither "preachy" nor one-sided. Recommended for academic collections and other libraries where interest warrants.-Debby Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.