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His memoir is, in the main, quite humorous, although Sapolsky flings a few darts along the way at the late activist Dian Fossey--who, he hints, may have indirectly caused the deaths of her beloved mountain gorillas by her unstable, irrational dealings with local people--and at local bureaucrats whose interests did not often coincide with those of Sapolsky's wild charges. It is also full of good information on primates and primatology, a subject whose practitioners, it seems, are constantly fighting to save species and ecosystems. "Every primatologist I know is losing that battle," he writes. "They make me think of someone whose unlikely job would be to collect snowflakes, to rush into a warm room and observe the unique pattern under a microscope before it melts and is never seen again." --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
RS had the wonderful privilege of observing and collecting data on his favorite type of animal. Sounds and read like heaven to me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Loretto
This was my first time I read on primates, more specifically the Olive Tree baboons, this was a great read. Sapolsky was very detailed and entertaining with his experiences.Published 27 days ago by Vadusa244
Great read! Sapolsky is a wonderful storyteller- I love the way he weaves the narrative of his experience observing the baboon tribe with his other experiences in Kenya and beyond. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Aurora Lindquist
Fun read but isn't that a Mandrill on the cover (not a Baboon)? Probably should have had the author/scientist review the artwork first!Published 3 months ago by Happy Accidents
I listen to a lot of audio books on my drive to and from work, but this one took me by surprise. I loved it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Curtis Mason
I was expecting the focus of this book to be on the author's baboon research but it really was more of an autobiography. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sweetie Pie
I love this book, except that the kindle version is SO full of typos and nonsense words it drives me crazy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jcpdx