The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery: A Canadian Story of…

Kobo ebook | May 3, 2011

byAndrew Westoll

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In 1997 Gloria Grow started a sanctuary for chimps retired from biomedical research on her farm outside Montreal. For the indomitable Gloria, caring for thirteen great apes is like presiding over a maximum security prison, a Zen sanctuary and an old folks’ home all rolled into one. But she is first and foremost creating a refuge for her troubled charges -- a place where they can recover and begin to trust humans again.

Hoping to win some of this trust, journalist Andrew Westoll spent months at Fauna Sanctuary as a volunteer, and in this book he vividly recounts his time in the chimp house and the histories of its residents. He arrives with dreams of striking up an immediate friendship with the legendary Tom, the wise face of The Great Ape Protection Act, but Tom seems all too content to ignore him. Gradually, though, old man Tommie and the rest of the “ troop” begin to warm towards Westoll as he learns the routines of life at the farm and realizes just how far the chimps have come.

Brimming with empathy and winning stories of Gloria and her charges, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is an absorbing, big-hearted book that grapples with questions of just what we owe to the animals who are our nearest genetic relations.

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In 1997 Gloria Grow started a sanctuary for chimps retired from biomedical research on her farm outside Montreal. For the indomitable Gloria, caring for thirteen great apes is like presiding over a maximum security prison, a Zen sanctuary and an old folks’ home all rolled into one. But she is first and foremost creating a refuge for he...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443408271

ISBN - 13:9781443408271

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly moving Can't wait to see what everyone will think at book club - such a moving account of tireless work that needs to be done
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. Read it and learn how we've damaged so many great animals so that we can live this life of luxury. We have colluded in terrible carnage to some marvelous creatures.
Date published: 2012-04-24