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Brutal kinship
Nichols, Michael.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aperture ; London : Distributed in the U.K. by Robert Hale, [1999]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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QL737.P96 N52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P96 N52 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.P96 N52 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"Brutal Kinship" explores the relationship between humankind and its closest relative, the chimpanzee, presenting these extraordinary animals in the wild, in captivity and in protective sanctuaries. In photographs and commentary Michael Nichols and Jane Goodall show us that chimpanzees are physically, emotionally and intellectually closer to us than we imagined and that we have forced them into a more human yet less humane existence.

Author Notes

Michael Nichols is a staff photographer for National Geographic
Dr. Jane Goodall is a world-famous ethologist

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is a difficult, at times painful, book to read, with hard-to-view photographs documenting our less-than-humane treatment of our closest relatives, the chimpanzees. Photographer Nichols, author of previous books on animals, uses photography as a tool of advocacy. Teamed up with renowned primatologist Goodall (who authored one of the chapters and is featured in a number of the photos), Nichols was able to visit and photograph chimpanzees at the Gombe Preserve in Tanzania. The contrast between those chimps living in the wild and the laboratory chimps Nichols photographed later is both dramatic and heartrending. Even the best laboratories, which try to provide the mental stimulation and social structure of chimp society, clearly fall short of the needs of these highly intelligent primates. The photographer feels that we have much to learn about chimpanzees and need to use what we learn to act responsibly toward them. Although disturbing, this side of the debate about laboratory primates deserves viewing; therefore, the book is recommended. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

After studying chimpanzees in Tanzania for 30 years, ethologist Goodall has developed a passion for the conservation of chimpanzee habitat as well as for the humane treatment of captive primates. Using photos of chimpanzees in the wild and in captivity in conjunction with commentary summarizing the physical, emotional, and intellectual similarities of humans and their closest genetic relative, Goodall and National Geographic photographer Nichols serve as advocates for a species unable to speak for itself. The book is filled with over 100 remarkable color photographs in a format similar to Nichols's The Great Apes: Between Two Worlds and Frans de Waal and Frans Lanting's Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (LJ 2/1/97). It also contains a list of sanctuaries supported by the Jane Goodall Institute for the care of chimpanzees that are unable to be introduced back into the wild. Recommended for larger collections.ÄRaymond Hamel, Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Ctr. Lib., Madison (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 In the Wildp. 14
Chapter 2 Jane Goodallp. 56
Chapter 3 Research and Captivityp. 78
Chapter 4 Sanctuariesp. 112
For More Information: Or if You Want to Helpp. 124