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The nature of great apes : our next of kin
Gilders, Michelle A., 1966-
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Vancouver ; New York : Greytstone Books, [2000]

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vii, 104 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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A vividly illustrated and textually rich look at the great apes: the outrageous orangutan, the grazing gorilla, the chatty chimpanzee and the boisterous bonobo.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Stunning color photographs on every other page introduce the animals in these well-designed natural histories. Close-ups of a charging silverback gorilla and an amazing photograph of a Colombian poison dart frog will invite readers to learn more about the subjects. The photographs alone would make these great, but there's also plenty of information. Each volume focuses on a particular species, exploring its habitat, members, behavior, and mating habits. And along with descriptions of various aspects of the particular animal families are anecdotes of the animals' depiction in literature, myths about members of the species, and interesting tales of famous animals. These will be fine additions to both public and school libraries--for general circulation as well as reference, for adults as well as younger readers. --Heather Hepler

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 The Evolving Apep. 1
All in the Familyp. 2
Species Specificsp. 9
2 Great Ape Societyp. 25
The Family Apep. 25
Sex and the Apep. 39
Infant Apesp. 51
Finding Foodp. 60
Masters of Inventionp. 70
Apes Practicing Medicinep. 75
Ape Speakp. 78
3 Of Apes and Humansp. 85
From Myths to Moviesp. 85
Apes Under Siegep. 89
A Future for Apesp. 98
For Further Readingp. 102
Indexp. 103