Buy Used
£5.45
+ £0.00 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the USA. Please allow up to 21 business days for delivery. Dust Cover Missing. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Book selection as BIG as Texas.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Orangutan Odyssey Hardcover – 1 Oct 1999

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
£48.79 £2.38
click to open popover


Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Amazon Original Books on Sale
Browse a selection of over 160+ Kindle Books currently on sale from 99p. Learn more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.; 01 edition (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810936941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810936942
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 1.9 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Amazon Review

More than three decades ago the legendary palaeonthropologist Louis Leakey encouraged a trio of remarkable women scientists--Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas--to study the world's great primates. In her memoir Reflections of Eden, written long after her fellow "trimates" published theirs, Galdikas described her efforts at Camp Leakey to rehabilitate ex-captive orang-utans and release them into the Borneo rainforest nearby.

Those rehabilitation efforts are at the centre of the controversies now swirling around Galdikas and the organisation she helped found, Orang-utan Foundation International. An ongoing debate about the effectiveness of rehabilitation reached fever pitch in the late 1990s with the publication of several articles and books about Galdikas by Canadian novelist Linda Spalding. In A Dark Place in the Jungle Spalding suggests that Galdikas's efforts in the name of conservation may in fact harm wild orang-utan populations. Galdikas herself is characterised as an imperious and careless scientist, which no doubt played a role in Galdikas's decision in July 1999 to sue Spalding for libel.

What then is one to make of this book by Galdikas and her long-time collaborator Nancy Briggs? There is no dispute whatsoever about their primary message: orang-utans are seriously endangered. Palm oil plantations, bush fires and other intense human pressures are destroying millions of acres of orang-utan habitat. The recently deposed Indonesian government of Suharto was notoriously corrupt and adopted policies that led to large-scale deforestation, although its legacy is treated gingerly by Galdikas, who lives there when she isn't teaching at the University of British Columbia. The close-up photographs that accompany their text show orang-utans as full of personality, mischief and devotion as humans. Perhaps, as Spalding suggests, that's part of the problem. It may be too easy to project anthropocentric values onto orang-utans, which, after all, share 97% of their genetic heritage with humans.

It is difficult to judge either case on its merits since the books share similar flaws; neither presents notes or bibliography to document their arguments. The gravely threatened orang-utans deserve as much attention as they can get. --Pete Holloran


Customer reviews

Share your thoughts with other customers
See all 7 customer reviews

Top customer reviews

24 June 2015
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
5 February 2002
Format: Hardcover
Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
17 August 2014
Format: Hardcover
Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
16 September 2000
Format: Hardcover
Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
2 October 2000
Format: Hardcover
Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
4 December 2010
Format: Hardcover
Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
16 April 2015
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Pages with related products. See and discover other items: jane goodall

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?