AMONG THE ORANGUTANS by Evelyn Gallardo

AMONG THE ORANGUTANS

The BirutÇ Galdikas Story
Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 First in ``The Great Naturalists'' series: a portrait of a woman who has been observing Borneo's orangutans and championing their preservation since 1971. Gallardo, who has twice visited Galdikas at ``Camp Leakey'' (named for Louis Leakey, Galdikas's mentor), describes her as ``complet[ing] his primate-studying trio'' (the others: Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey). The color photos here, of orangutans in the wild and interacting with naturalists (especially Galdikas) who are raising orphaned young ones, are excellent--informative, appealing, and well reproduced. The serviceable text outlines Galdikas's life, makes her dedication clear, and mentions many of her findings; but attempts to dramatize her difficulties are clumsy (releasing an increasingly aggressive favorite to the wild; sending her son to live with his father in Canada), while the book's chronological arrangement results in a lack of focus on the substantial information included on orangutans. Even so, attractive and useful. List of organizations; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9- 12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8118-0031-8
Page count: 46pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993