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World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation Hardcover – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great Apes are self-aware, complex communicators, and skilled exploiters of their environment. Yet the most self-aware, the most complex communicator, the most exploitative of all, is now threatening the others with extinction. This book records what we humans know about our closest living relatives, and lays a basis for how we can preserve them for our posterity and theirs."—Colin P. Groves, author of Primate Taxonomy

"A well researched, up-to-date, clearly presented compendium of information and analysis relevant to conservation of the great apes. This amount and extent of material has never before been brought together."—Alexander H. Harcourt, University of California at Davis

About the Author

Julian Caldecott is an ecologist and primatologist by training, doing his doctoral research on macaques in Malaysian rain forests. He has worked on wildlife management and biodiversity conservation throughout the global tropics, including projects to conserve Bornean and Sumatran orangutans, western and Nigerian chimpanzees, and Cross River gorillas. Lera Miles is a biologist with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre who analyzes threats to biodiversity ranging from global to local scales. Her specialities include species mapping and modeling, vulnerability assessment, and priority-setting.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lancaster on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. It is the most comprehensive and up-to-date great ape conservation book available. It is easy to understand even if you aren't a biologist and filled with wonderful photos and maps. I recommend this book to anyone with a love for great apes or the environment in general. Plus, royalties go to the Great Apes Survival Project so you feel good when you buy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on September 29, 2009
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I am a student of the natural sciences and had to purchase this item as a text for a course I was taking. I was a little hesitant as I know I personally don't get a lot of use out of textbooks during the course, or after it's completed. It's also difficult to recoup some of the money spent on textbooks the following semester. But I was very pleased with the low cost of this book, in addition to the plethora of information it provides. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the great apes, and while the writing is in depth, I think even children can enjoy looking at the full color photos and maps that fill the pages of what I think is the most complete and up to date atlas of great apes and their conservation on the shelves. It goes over the specifics of six of the seven (humans are the seventh) living great ape species - bonobos, chimpanzees, two species of gorilla and two species of orangutan - from dietary habits, to geographical range, to culture and conservation. I will be hanging onto my copy for sure.
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By Amanda on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation is a welcomed and appreciated publication. The material contained within is well researched and well presented, making it an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to know about the biology of great apes, their distribution, threats to their survival and actions being taken with respect conservation of Great Apes. The title has many applications - from those working in fields of zoology through to those wanting to develop educational information about Great Apes. It also provides insight into those factors that contribute to the success of conservation endeavours. I'd have no hestitation in recommending this reference.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IL Reader on March 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book contains good information for anyone who is interested in an overview of apes and conservation. It provides behavioral descriptions of the different ape species, and gives a good analysis of the many different issues affecting conservation in today's ape environments. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest in either apes or conservation efforts around the world.
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