The Chimpanzee and Me (Paperback)

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Ben Garrod: As seen on TV – Baby Chimps Rescue.

'Celebrities blamed for the rise in people keeping primates as pets in Britain' TIMES 2.
'4,500 primates owned as pets in the UK' SKY NEWS.
'As ownership of exotic pets booms, no wonder experts are asking... conservation or cruelty?' DAILY MAIL.

The Chimpanzee & Me is a unique look at conservation of the species and Ben's life-long love of chimps, illustrated with full colour photos.

For over a decade, Ben Garrod has studied chimpanzees to find ways to protect and conserve them. We join Ben on a journey that has taken him around the world, studying eastern chimps in the humid forests of Uganda and the critically endangered western chimps of Liberia.

In his trademark infectious, lighthearted style, Ben describes encounters with chimpanzees that highlight the different threats they face. From the illegal international pet trade, to bushmeat markets, and the effects of relentless habitat destruction – not to mention how your new furniture, your toothpaste and even your mobile phone are all implicated in their falling numbers.

In an interview with world-renowned primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, Ben shows how we can protect the chimps of the future and help conserve this endlessly fascinating species.

About the Author

Ben Garrod is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia and an award-winning science broadcaster. He has worked throughout Africa and Asia for the last 20 years and has broad experience in working with wild chimpanzees and orangutans, tackling habitat destruction and investigating issues surrounding the illegal bushmeat trade. He has a background in veterinary biology and sits as a trustee, ambassador and patron for numerous national and international conservation charities. Find Ben @Ben_garrod on Twitter and Instagram and

Praise For…

“[Garrod] estimates that there are about 4,500 privately owned primates in the country... Professor Garrod told the Hay Festival that anyone could buy a couple of marmosets in Manchester for £1,500, adding that there was 'no regulation to stop that'... His book outlines the health dangers for the animals and warns that psychological problems are rife'” —The Times

“The book begins with Ben's story of how he became involved in chimpanzee conservation, including an endearing anecdote about the chimp that started his journey, followed by a fact-filled guide to our closest primate relatives... [It will] endear the reader to the plight of this endangered species. I would recommend this book to secondary students that are interested in endangered species and conservation'” —The School Librarian

Product Details
ISBN: 9781788547611
ISBN-10: 1788547616
Publisher: Zephyr
Publication Date: April 1st, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English