- Hardcover: 122 pages
- Publisher: Chris Boot; New edition edition (4 July 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0954689437
- ISBN-13: 978-0954689438
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
James & Other Apes Hardcover – 4 Jul 2005
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From Jane Goodall's Introduction:
'In 1859 Darwin shocked much of the world with his theory of evolution. Most people now accept the idea that we have evolved not from the modern great apes - chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans - but a common ancestor: a chimp-like human-like creature who lived some six to seven million years ago. Recent research has revealed startling similarities in the structure of DNA in apes and humans. We differ from chimpanzees by only about one per cent. Chimpanzees and bonobos are closer to humans than they are to gorillas. All three African great apes show more similarities to us than to orangutans.
'In most of the places where they range, the great apes face extinction within the next ten to fifteen years if we do not act to save them. There were probably close to two million chimpanzees across Africa 100 years ago. Today there are no more than 150,000. They are declining in numbers as a result of ever-growing human populations, constantly encroaching the remaining forests, fragmenting remaining habitats, setting snares and hunting. The situation is even worse for mountain gorillas and orangutans. As wild ape numbers decrease, so the population of orphans in sanctuaries is increasing. Chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos are being hunted, along with elephants, antelopes and myriad other species, for food - and not to feed starving people, but to satisfy a taste for 'bushmeat' among the urban elite. There is not much meat on an infant ape, so often it will be sold alive, illegally, in the market beside the cut-up body of its mother.
'James Mollison's portraits are of the orphans, confiscated from illegal traders, that make up thepopulation of at least nine seven sanctuaries in Africa and Asia. Many of them have seen their mothers killed, and sometimes butchered, in front of them. Each individual ape has his or her own tragic story of pain and trauma. Each one is different. Look into the eyes of each one of them and you will sense their unique personality.
'I hope that James and Other Apes will stimulate thinking, and help people to understand better our place in nature. For many it will be a humbling experience. We are different from other animals (as they are different from each other) but not as different as we thought.'
((c) Jane Goodall)
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is set up so there is a full color photo of an ape on one page the oppisite page is blank except for their name.
There is a short bio on each animal in the back of the book. It's abit frustrating to have to keep flipping the pages back and forth to read the info and find the picture or vice versa. I would have loved to have the bios of each animal on the opposite page for a better user-friendly approach.
This is why I have rated this book 4 stars instead of five.
However it's a lovely book and I higly recommend it.
Others books featuring images of apes are usually those exploiting animals in the entertainment industry - it is refreshing to be able to view a book like this with images of apes who are in re-introduction programmes and santuaries, where they have been saved from such exploitation.
This book is not only beautiful, but educational and inspirational at encouraging those who read it to help save our closest relatives.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a great book :) great for ape and photography lovers. The photography is first class and the intro is really good.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by marmitelover
They say a picture tells a story, and a face tells a character..? You can read a million words in each character portrait.Published on 17 May 2013 by Darkhorsephotos
I bought this book as a reference to draw/paint from and it is exactly as I had hoped. It's full of close-up portraits of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2011 by LT44
Beautiful book of photo-portraits of great apes. Only the faces of the apes are shown and these are shown uniformly in close up, almost filling the page. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2010 by BlueSkiesForever
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