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Kindred Beings: What Seventy-Three Chimpanzees Taught Me About Life, Love, and Connection Hardcover – 25 Sep 2013
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“Kindred Beings is both an engrossing African adventure and an inspiring story of how an animal activist has devoted her life to chimpanzees. This fascinating book will forever change how you see chimpanzees-and how you feel about the importance of safeguarding their places on our planet.” (Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian")
Sheri Speede chose to make a difference in the lives of Jacky, Nama, Dorothy, and dozens of other apes, which says as much about Sheri’s commitment as the chimpanzees’ inner strength. Sheri ultimately emerged triumphant, perhaps for one simple reason: humanity is not restricted to human beings. (Douglas Cress, program coordinator of Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP))
In Cameroon, Dr. Sheri Speede has enabled law enforcement to fight wildlife trafficking by establishing an excellent forest sanctuary where rescued chimpanzees get care and love. Without facilities like hers, animals would suffer lives of abuse or move on in the sordid international trade. Read this book! (Dr. Shirley McGreal, founder of the International Primate Protection League)
Sheri Speede’s powerful story shows the reader the broad range of personalities seen in chimpanzees, with complex emotional needs, a rich social fabric, and self-awareness. It opens our eyes to the reality that all animals have emotions, and it pleads for an end to animal abuse. (Marilyn Kroplick, M.D., president of IDA-Africa)
About the Author
Sheri Speede, a doctor of veterinary medicine, collaborated with the Cameroon government to found the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, a forested home for orphans of the illegal ape meat trade. With Edmund Stone, she established In Defense of Animals–Africa (IDA–Africa) as a division of IDA International and as the U.S. base of support for the work in Cameroon.
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Sheris adventures are incredible, and she writes with no pretentious bones in her body. Her understanding of the chimpanzees is incredible! Have now read 3 times!
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The poor chimpanzees whose lives were saved by Sheri spent their lives suffering, chained and/or confined and neglected in small cages until Sheri gave them a second chance at life. At the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, these chimpanzees now have the opportunity to be chimpanzees again, to live in social groups, have friends, make choices, and share in the joy of friendship and family. Sheri's story about funding, establishing, and keeping her sanctuary up and running is extraordinary! You will fall deeply in love with these great apes who find HOME in her sanctuary, especially the beautiful, beloved sweet old Dorothy.
I can't say it better than this review: "Sheri Speede’s powerful story shows the reader the broad range of personalities seen in chimpanzees, with complex emotional needs, a rich social fabric, and self-awareness. It opens our eyes to the reality that all animals have emotions, and it pleads for an end to animal abuse." (Marilyn Kroplick, M.D., president of IDA-Africa)
Please read this touching story. You will not be disappointed!
Like a classical myth, our hero Dr. Speede is aided in her quest by people who seem to magically appear when obstacles block her progress, from colorful expats to wise village folk to a generous ophthalmologist.
Dr. Speede's intense interactions with the chimps, from her first meeting with Dorothy and Nama to her sad farewell to others, allow the reader to vicariously experience what our hero has learned when it comes to life, love and connection. This is a book that will reward the reader with untold riches, a fitting end to a mythical journey.
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