Orangutans: Wizards of the Rain Forest

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Author: Russon, Anne

Brand: Brand: Firefly Books

Edition: Revised


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Number Of Pages: 240

Release Date: 07-08-2004

Details: Product Description Praise for the previous edition: "A fascinating firsthand account of the behavior and intelligence of orangutans, Russon's book is also an account of the successes, failures, and politics of orangutan rehabilitation in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra... The book is lavishly illustrated with full color photographs." - Choice The only great apes found in Asia, these arboreal wizards are by nature elusive and solitary, and inhabit nearly inaccessible tropical rainforests. The tragedy is that orangutans are almost extinct, surviving in the wild only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra where human influx is rapidly appropriating their habitat. Based on fifteen years of research, this extraordinary and definitive book focuses on orangutan intelligence and behavior. This book includes: A scientific history of orangutans Detailed descriptions of orangutans and their natural habitat Astonishing behavior patterns Rehabilitation operations at Camp Leakey and Wanariset The complex politics of orangutan rescue work Results of orangutans released back into the forest Updated resources What the future holds for these primates. With one hundred color photographs taken by the author during her visits to the rainforests, Orangutans is an absorbing and instructive look at the unusual world of orangutans. Review A remarkable tribute to these fine animals, documenting the self-evident fact that they deserve to remain with us as a viable species on this earth. (Robert E. Hoopes Wildlife Activist) Documents the wealth of data she and her colleagues have uncovered about the natural history, day-to-day behavior, and fate of these intelligent creatures. ( Science News 2005-01-01) Gentle, yet detailed prose delves into some fascinating facts... This is a beautiful book, with 100 glorious pictures taken by the author herself. ( Biology Digest) About the Author Anne E. Russon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University in Toronto. She has been studying intelligence and learning in orangutans in Indonesian Borneo since 1989. She co-edited a book on great ape intelligence, Reading into Thought: The Minds of the Great Apes. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Orangutans 101 I chose to study orangutans because most researchers in the field of great ape intelligence had ignored them, despite hints that beneath their sluggish exteriors they are exceptionally thoughtful. But if there wasn't much information on their intelligence, there was plenty on other facets of their adaptation; efforts to study wild orangutans began in the late 1950s. The job turns out to have its easy side. Orangutans spend their time slowly and serenely meandering through the treetops, just minding their own business. Unfortunately they do it in the almost inaccessible, swamp-logged, leech-laden tropical rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. They also, on occasion, chase researchers out of their forests. It would take humans as obstinate as orangutans themselves to brave the discomfort of that environment to study them. Fortunately, there have been some. They now number in the dozens. The great red Buddha Orangutans signature feature has to be their red-orange color. Surprisingly, that is also one of the main reasons they are hard to study, because it makes them especially difficult to find. Finding a wild orangutan makes finding a needle in a haystack look like a kindergarten task in comparison. As a hint of how hard it can be, in the late 1950s George Schaller logged only 5.75 hours of direct observation of wild orangutans, after months of work. Part of the difficulty is that orangutans come quietly, in ones and twos, way up in the canopy, half hidden in foliage. On top of that, believe it or not, their orange color lets them vanish. Many researchers, myself now included, can attest to watching an orangutan disappear right before their eyes. The explanation lies in the way su

EAN: 9781552979983

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedVeryGood