TALES FROM GOMBE


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TALES FROM GOMBE

ANUP SHAH & FIONA ROGERS    Book Number: 88632    Product format: Hardback

Ever since Jane Goodall first made their acquaintance in 1960, the intimate world of chimpanzees has never been caught so lovingly as in this stunningly illustrated book. The intensity of the images speaks volumes about the photographers' involvement with their subjects and often the portraits have a Rembrandt-like depth with every wrinkle and whisker steeped in meaning and emotion. Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers specialise in photographing wild primates. The first of Anup's many assignments for National Geographic was a story on the Gombe chimpanzees in March 2003. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition winner, his masterful portraits are accompanied by full length features from leading magazines including the Smithsonian, Geo and BBC Wildlife. The Gombe National Park in Tanzania is home to probably the most famous group of wild animals in history who have been observed and chronicled for more than 50 years. Through studies initiated by the palaeontologist and anthropologist Louis Leakey and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, here are the bold and mischievous unique family. It is a dramatic story of this unusual society, beautifully capturing their daily interactions and their various characters, a saga full of convoluted plots, family allegiances and alliances, intrigue, love, passion, suffering, ambition, politics, puzzles, surprises and controversies. The baby boy chimp Shwali is active and observant, often fighting sleep to take in all that is surrounding him. Two year old Safi was Schweini's second baby, alert, healthy and playful. Schweini had a troubled history and was twice beaten back at Kasekela by Mitumba females when she tried to emigrate to their Community. She was beaten and returned minus Safi, now presumed dead. Sinbad accompanied by Sparrow moved in with the males and inherited his father Frodo's bulk. An 11 year old, he is quite a family guy and is pleased when his brother and sisters drop by. Characterful faces shown in close up, one of a baby flipping out her upper lip, others babes in arms, play fights, all the photographs of these strongly bonded primates are taken in their natural surroundings. The habitat features steep slopes, precipitous ravines, tall grass and thickets, yet the chimps seem to navigate them and feast on their bush buck fawn and have a pecking order to get their share of the meat. Approximately 300 full page colour photos, 324pp in heavyweight coffee table glamorous publication 13½" across by 11¼".
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ISBN 9780565093501
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