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It’s true: he’s hacked his way through jungles, tracked fierce animals and sought out modern day pirates, slavers, even cannibals. Yet he dislikes the label. It’s not that he minds being called old fashioned but he has never sought adventure just for the sake of it.Every sort of great ape is in trouble, their habitats dwindling and their numbers plummeting. “People and politicians simply don’t seem to get how serious their situation is,
card game against humanity,” Raffaele says.And so, with a passion to do something and the old fashioned belief that you should witness first hand what you are going to report on, he set out to visit every great ape species and subspecies in their natural habitat. Only by seeing apes at home in the wild, family life and local culture intact, was it possible to know what they are really like. And only by venturing into the places they live was it possible to know the troubles they face.It was an extraordinary quest that saw Raffaele travel to some of Africa’s worst trouble spots in search of gorillas,
card of humanity, chimps and bonobos. Visiting Indonesian Borneo to see orangutans should have been easy by comparison, yet he was refused a visa by a government smarting from criticism of its proliferating oil palm plantations. He went to Sabah in Malaysian Borneo instead.If you like adventure yarns, then there’s plenty for you here from arduous treks through forests and mountains to encounters with angry forest elephants and the charge of a half tonne gorilla.Worse dangers come in the shape of humans gun toting rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bushmeat hunters with AK47s in the Central African Republic. Raffaele sees the worst of things and the best. He meets primatologists who study apes, conservationists and rangers who are trying to protect them and women (and it is usually women) who run sanctuaries for orphaned apes.Despite the wars, corruption and destruction that is pushing apes ever closer to extinction, this is not a gloomy book. There are evil moments and there’s hardship (Raffaele’s trek to see the rarest ape, the Cross River gorilla, led to bloody feet and lost toenails). But there’s fun, humour and of course the apes.In recalling his encounters with apes, Raffaele achieves something rare. Watching such encounters on TV, I always feel a distant observer. Raffaele brought me closer, not quite alongside him (I didn’t have to worry about mambas or machete wielding thugs) but close enough to hear the thwock of a gorilla beating his chest and see a bonobo swinging his legs from a branch as he watched the sun go down.I sympathised with the infant gorilla who kept thumping his brothers because he wanted someone to play with. And I knew what the orangutan was up to when she stole Raffaele’s valuable camera bag. He had removed the bananas she was eating, hoping they might tempt a passing male to approach. Miffed, she removed his bag, then fixed him with her hungry stare. Her ploy worked. He gave back the bananas and after making him sweat a few minutes, she returned his bag.There’s no doubting Raffaele’s passion for the great apes. In April 2008, he travelled to Afghanistan on assignment for Smithsonian magazine. Caught in the blast of a suicide bomb, he almost died. Three months later,
cards againat humanity, with a dozen pieces of shrapnel still in his body and clearly unfit, he travelled to Sabah to see orangutans, determined to complete his quest and bring the plight of the great apes to the attention of a wider audience.Among the Great Apes ends with a call to arms. It’s inconceivable, Raffaele argues, that in 50 years time the great apes may all have gone. By the time you reach this point in the book, however, you won’t need convincing that more must be done. The challenge is to convince those who are in a position to put pressure on western governments to sort out something to ensure the great apes have a future. So send a copy to Oprah. Or Michelle Obama. Or Channel 4′s TV Book Club. Then write to your MP or member of congress and ask what they are going to do to help.Read my interview with Paul Raffaele hereI was not making a value judgement. Great ape is an organisational (taxonomic family) for understanding how organisms are evolutionarily related. Personally I think humans do more wonderful things (explore space/the universe/physics/build machines) and horrible things (war, harm the planet) than any other animal. Perhaps this terrible power makes one great.Also you said: the only animal that imprisons not only other animal species, but our own. This is incorrect, many species of insesct keep other other specie captive. For example the ants that are aphid farmers. Again, I am not making a moral judgment, only saying your are not factually accurate.erm. walking on the moon, splitting the atom, revealing the secrets of life (DNA), big bang theory, quantum mechanics,
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