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Primatologist Dana Armstrong confronts personal and animal rights issues raised by an act of sabotage at her South Carolina chimpanzee sanctuary.
Publisher: Winston-Salem, N.C. : John F. Blair Publisher, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780895873538
Branch Call Number: WES
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 11, 2011

On my way to Sara Gruen's Ape House, I found out about Captivity. Glad I read it,it's an excellent book, and Wesselmann has done her research well, bringing the issues of captive chimps used for bio-medical research & "entertainment" to light via the story of Annie, a chimp raised with a psychologist's family during the heyday of the language research in the 60's. The relationships the family forged with Annie were strong and unforgettable. Years later the eldest child Dana has become a primatologist herself, and runs a sanctuary at a university in SC. Academic politics and her family's past converge in a tightly paced & well written book that tells a great story while getting us to think of the issues concerning the fate of our nearest relatives. Highly recommended.

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