A Dark Place in the Jungle: Following Leakey's Last Angel into Borneo
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"A sophisticated mixture of memoir, science writing and travel essay; a disturbing expose of complex, sometimes counterproductive, attempts to protect an endangered species; and a knowing self-portrait of a perceptive, sympathetic woman trying to make sense of the ambitions and disappointments around her."
No wonder orangutans will be extinct in the wild Dawn Forsythe About a year ago, I tried to sort out all the orangutan advocacy organizations, what they were doing, where the money was going, and what they were accomplishing. I sent a short questionnaire to almost two dozen organizations around the world -- and only two answered my questions. OFI sen. Laszlo Wagner said Good Points Made Poorly. This book deserves credit for pointing out the mistakes made by Galdikas in Tanjung Puting National Park.These include swarming a natural habitat with tamed apes that can never become wild again but pass on human diseases to the wild population and outcompete them for food in the area.It
Birute Galdikas, along with Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall, form the famed trio of angels” Louis Leakey trained to study great apes in the wild. Spalding’s quest to know this woman takes her from the offices of Galdikas’s foundation in Los Angeles to the Sekonyer River in Borneo, where she discovers a beguiling cast of characters. Dark Place in the Jungle is an absorbing rumination on the failure of a woman trying desperately to mother a species to survival, the dangers and temptations of eco-tourism, and the arrogance of our inclination to alter the very things we set out to preserve. 30 black-and-white photographs are featured in this revealing and fascinating journey.. While Fossey studied the gorilla and Goodall the chimpanzee, Galdikas went to Borneo to study the orangutan and, decades later, emerged as a complicated figure, embroiled in scandal. A host of foreign scientists, government workers, tourists, loggers, descendants of the Dayak headhunters, Javanese gold miners, and half-tame orangutans all vie for control of this despoiled Eden