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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845334418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845334413
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 3 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A spectacular and authoritative survey of our nearest non-human relatives, full of insight about them - and about ourselves --David Attenborough

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Desmond Morris is an internationally famous zoologist, ethnologist and artist. He is a prolific author, whose works include The Naked Ape and Manwatching. Steve Parker is a Senior Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and has worked for London's Natural History Museum.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2010
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An incredibly well put together and comprehensive book about the great apes, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans by two zoologists, Desmond Morris and Steve Parker.
A pretty much perfect example of how fieldwork and observation by a small number of remarkable individuals over several decades has increased humanities knowledge base and understanding of, in this instance, our closest relatives.
Some of the perspectives presented within this book are somewhat controversial perhaps. Morris has all but given up on the possibility of the Sumatran Orangutan surviving in its homeland. Morris believes that captive breeding programmes and to a lesser extent containment are the only viable ways of preserving this species. Realistic or fatalistic? There are dedicated organisations working in Sumatra with the express aim of preserving the Sumatran orangutan as well crucially as its habitat who would presumably argue that working along with indigenous populations to promote and protect their forests, eco tourism and corporate/consumer responsibility and education offer the best long term and sustainable solution.
Desmond Morris was the curator of mammals at London Zoo in the late 50's early 60's and was involved in devising behavioral experiments with chimpanzees during this time some of which are detailed in this book. He does justify the position by arguing that many captive born apes have been raised with 'considerable affection' and been 'greatly loved by their human carers' as well as providing more detailed explanations of the knowledge we have gained as a result of interacting with apes in these circumstances.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2009
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`Planet Ape' is a truly exceptional book about all the great apes and covers Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Orangutans, Bonobos and Humans. The information enclosed is nothing short of staggering and of all the books on primates and apes I own this one is the most comprehensive, with a great deal of relevant information and with stunning images to boot. This looks at the history of each ape, shared traits with humans, anatomy (with phenomenal illustrations), nutrition, communication, social life, sex life, the stages of life, threats and ways to save them and their habitats. As you can tell, in-depth stuff! This book would be worth buying for the photography alone and I can spend many happy hours just flicking through this book gazing upon it's pages. If you are interested in just one of the great apes I would still recommend this book as it is so informative that you won't be disappointed and it is also fascinating to read about the relationships between the apes as well. This would make a wonderful coffee table book and whilst it is great to flick though at odd moments, you could also quite easily sit and read it from cover to cover too. This is well written, has stunning images and is beautifully presented throughout. Highly recommended indeed.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hetty7 on 2 Dec. 2011
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I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in apes and primates. I am at University and I even use it for references in my essays, as it is very informative as well as interesting to read. There are great pictures all throughout the book which I could happily flick through just to look at, making it a bright, colourful, interesting, fact-filled book.
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By Rebecca on 15 Sept. 2014
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great read, found it very interesting
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. G. Hunter-smith on 28 Mar. 2011
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Planet Ape
I purchased a hardback copy of this book by Desmond Morris just recently, but I wish I'de bought it earlier when I was studying the great apes in my primatology diploma. This book has nearly 300 pages, packed with all of the information you could wish for on the great apes, chimps, gorillas, bonobos orangutans and ourselves. This book explores all aspects of the lives of the great apes and has hundreds of amazing photo's and illustrations, and conpares all of the various apes with ourselves and each other, giving the reader a clear picture of where we all stand in evolutionary terms.
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