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Chasing after Chimpanzees The Making of a Primatologist

Biography / Memoir
By: William C McGrew(Author)
298 pages
Publisher: Mereo Books
Chasing after Chimpanzees
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  • Chasing after Chimpanzees ISBN: 9781861515827 Paperback Jan 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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Having moved from zoology to psychology to anthropology on both sides of the Atlantic, Bill McGrew developed a fascination for chimpanzees which led to him spending four decades studying our nearest living relations in their African homelands. He held a series of academic posts in the USA and UK, culminating in a professorship at the University of Cambridge and ending in retirement to Scotland. As he puts it: "I was lucky enough to be paid by various academic institutions to do what I would have paid them to let me do".

This memoir consists of a series of stories and vignettes from a varied and colourful life, mainly involving animals, and naturally focusing on chimpanzees. All proceeds will go to organisations that rescue and care for chimpanzees.

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Biography / Memoir
By: William C McGrew(Author)
298 pages
Publisher: Mereo Books
Media reviews

"One of the world's foremost primatologists, who sought adventures in Africa to follow chimpanzees in the wild, offers glimpses of his life. Funny, warm, unexpected."
– Frans de Waal, author of Mama's Last Hug

"Chasing after chimpanzees can be hilarious [...] McGrew came to be the world's expert on the richness and diversity of chimpanzee cultures as well as a commentator on the comedic aspects of the lives of those who study them."
– Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mothers and Others

"Renowned primatologist William McGrew has written a lovely memoir, a series of vignettes about key moments in his life and career. A heartfelt glimpse into one scientist's fascinating life, and a thoroughly enjoyable read."
– Craig Stanford, author of The New Chimpanzee

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