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The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
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Dec 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011
Read from December 21 to 22, 2011

A friend of mine read this book in one day, so I was excited to read it. I was not disappointed. This is a book that is mainly about chimpanzees, but it encompasses many different things. It's the story about a sanctuary that housed 13 chimpanzees who have been damaged by lab research, or abandoned by zoos or the circus. Primatologist turned journalist Andrew Westoll spends 10 weeks working at the Fauna Sanctuary, located in Quebec. He tells the story of the chimps, but also of the people who are working in the sanctuary. This is a story bout pain and hurt, but also about compassion and recovery. There are facts about animal research and such, but it's explained in a easy to read manner. There is both sadness and humour in this book.

Westoll does a great job revealing the personalities of the chimps and explaining their actions, yet he doesn't anthropomize (sp) them. This is a story that will really stick with you and make you think. I cried at the end of the book, and I rarely cry at books.

AMERICANS READING THIS- Invasive primate research is still performed in your country. Please learn about the Great Ape Protection Act, and try to end animal testing on apes. I was truly horrified to learn about this.

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