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Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary

by Andrew Westoll

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list price: $17.99
also available: Hardcover eBook
category: Nature
published: 2012
publisher: HarperCollins
  • , Quill & Quire Best Book
  • , CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction
  • , Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
  • , Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction
  • , Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
  • , British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
  • , Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year
  • , CBC Canada Reads
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Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Fiction

Finalist for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-Fiction and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

National Bestseller

One magical summer, primatologist and author Andrew Westoll lived and worked at the Fauna Sanctuary, a refuge for thirteen chimpanzees rescued from a medical research lab. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is Westoll's vivid account of his adventures as a volunteer caregiver in the chimphouse and a heart-wrenching biography of its residents. Through Westoll's eyes, we witness the chimps' remarkable recovery first-hand. Simple things like establishing friendships, nurturing alliances, grooming one another and playing games of tickle-chase are all poignant testament to the capacity of these animals to heal—and to learn how to be chimps again.

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Editorial Reviews

The Jungle South of the Mountain is a gripping study of foreignness, whether it be within relationships, geographies, or even between species. Andrew Westoll’s first novel is as engaging as it is thoughtful.”

— Andrew Pyper, author of <em>The Damned</em> and <em>The Demonologist</em>

“Drawn into sharp focus by Westoll’s beautiful writing, the jungle and its animal inhabitants become characters in their own right. . . . This is a haunting story so impressively told; an evocative and absorbing first novel.” [The Jungle South of the Mountain]

— Amy Stuart, author of <em>Still Mine</em>

“A fascinating read, beautifully written, and with a gripping story.”

— SJ Watson, author of <em>Before I Go to Sleep</em>

“A distressing, deeply important exposé of the suffering we have inflicted on our closest animal relation, the ethics of animal testing, and finally (and happily) a heartening picture of Fauna Sanctuary’s commitment and compassion.”

— <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

“Andrew Westoll is a born story teller: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, written with empathy and skill, tenderness and humour, involves us in a world few understand. And leaves us marveling at the ways in which chimpanzees are so like us, deserve our help and are entitled to our respect.”

— Jane Goodall, DBE

“A captivating story, set in an original and fascinating world rich in authentic detail. [The Jungle South of the Mountain]”

— Cecilia Ekback, author of <em>Wolf Winter</em>

“Only the most intransigent heart will be unmoved.”

— <em>Quill & Quire</em>

“Riveting. . . . Andrew Westoll provides an opera of dramatic events, heart-rending tragedies and uplifting triumphs. For anyone interested in empathy and recovery, his book is required reading.”

— <em>The Globe and Mail</em>

“Revealing and fascinating.”

— <em>National Post</em>

“With compelling realism, recalling both Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad, Andrew Westoll tells a riveting story of loss and redemption in the jungles of South America. [The Jungle South of the Mountain]”

— Yann Martel
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About the Author

Andrew Westoll

ANDREW WESTOLL is an award-winning narrative journalist and internationally published author. A former biologist and primatologist-in-training, his books include The Riverbones, a travel memoir set in the jungles of Suriname, and The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which was a national bestseller and winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. The Jungle South of the Mountain is his first novel. Westoll teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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