This companion to the author's Goblin, a Wild Chimpanzee (1977) deals with the same Gombe reservation chimpanzee community,...

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LEAKEY THE ELDER: A Chimpanzee and His Community

This companion to the author's Goblin, a Wild Chimpanzee (1977) deals with the same Gombe reservation chimpanzee community, but focuses (more or less) on an adult male in his last years, rather than a youngster as before. Widening the view occasionally for some glimpses of the community at large (including Goblin), it shows Leakey and other males wandering about, greeting and grooming, engaging in or reacting to intimidating display. (There is no comment on the old chimp's name, but the book is dedicated to the late Louis Leakey.) Without the playful young subject and the unity and continuity provided by the dawn-to-dark structure of Goblin, this sequel works less well as a book for young children. However, it does considerably broaden one's acquaintance with the community. The photos, as in Goblin, are admirably well integrated and contain lots of expressive close-ups; and the two books complement each other well.

Pub Date: Feb. 14, 1980

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1980