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Wattana: An Orangutan in Paris

Wattana: An Orangutan in Paris (Hardback)

By Herzfeld, Chris
Translated by Martin, Oliver Y.
Translated by Martin, Robert D.

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She likes tea, sews, draws on papers, and she is a self-taught master of tying and untying knots. But she is not a crafty woman of the DIY set: she is Wattana, an orangutan who lives in the Jardin de Plantes Zoo in Paris. And it is in Paris where Chris Herzfeld first encounters a...nd becomes impressed by Wattana and her exceptional abilities with knots. In Wattana: An Orangutan in Paris Herzfeld not only tells Wattana s captivating story, but also the story of orangutans and other primates including bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas in captivity. Offering a uniquely intimate look at the daily lives of captive great apes, Herzfeld uses Wattana s life to trace the history of orangutans from their first arrival in Europe in 1776 to the inhabitants of the Jardin and other zoos today. She provides a close look at the habits, techniques, and skills of Wattana, who remarkably uses strings, paper rolls, rope, and even pieces of wood to make things. And she thoughtfully explores how apes individually and often with ingenuity come to terms with and adapt to their captive environments and caretakers. Through these stories, Wattana sympathetically reveals the extraordinary psychology and distinctive personalities of great apes as well as the interconnections between animal and human lives, especially in zoos. Scientists predict that orangutans will disappear from the wild by 2030, and captive animals like Wattana may, as a result, provide our best chance to understand and appreciate their astonishing intelligence and abilities. Wattana, the accomplished maker of knots, is the hero of this poignant book, which will enthrall anyone curious about the lives of our primate cousins.
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ISBN 9780226168593
Released NZ 15 Apr 2016
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780226168593
Stock Available
Status Back Order Indent title (sourced internationally), Allow 8-12 weeks due to Covid 19 freight delays
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint University of Chicago Press
Released 15 Apr 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Herzfeld, Chris
Translated by Martin, Oliver Y.
Translated by Martin, Robert D.
Category Biology & Life Sciences
Primates
Miscellaneous Items
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 16mm
Height: 24mm
Spine: 2mm
Dewey Code 599.88315
Weight 425g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Wattana Orangutan, Orangutans - Behavior, Captive wild animals - Behavior
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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