Walking With The Great Apes by Montgomery Sy
Three astounding women scientists have in recent years penetrated the jungles of Africa and Borneo to observe nurture and defend humanity's closest cousins. Jane Goodall has worked with the chimpanzees of Gombe for nearly 50 years; Dian Fossey died in 1985 defending the mountain gorillas of Rwanda; and Birute Galdikas lives in intimate proximity to the orangutans of Borneo. All three began their work as protegees of the great Anglo-African archeologist Louis Leakey and each spent years in the field allowing the apes to become their familiars--and ultimately waging battles to save them from extinction in the wild. Their combined accomplishments have been mind-blowing as Goodall Fossey and Galdikas forever changed how we think of our closest evolutionary relatives of ourselves and of how to conduct good science. From the personal to the primate Sy Montgomery explores the science wisdom and living experience of three of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.