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The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery


CBC Canada Reads (2012) - Longlisted

Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012) - Longlisted 'Best Books of 2011' - Selection

Quill & Quire Best Non-fiction Books of the Year - Selection

The Globe 100: The Very Best of 2011 - Selection

BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction - Shortlisted

CBC Bookie Awards - Nominated

Canada AM 'Best of 2011' list - Selected

BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction (2012) - Shortlisted

CBA Libris Awards - Non- Fiction Book of the Year - Shortlisted

William Saroyan International Prize (2012) - Non-fiction category - Shortlisted

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction (2012) - Shortlisted

Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2012) - Winner

About the Book

Andrew Westoll spent months at Fauna Sanctuary, a refuge for thirteen chimps rescued from a research lab, as a volunteer caregiver. In The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, Westoll vividly recounts his adventures in the chimp house and the heart-wrenching histories of its residents. He arrives with dreams of striking up an immediate friendship with the legendary Tom, a father figure to the rest of the chimps. Tom proves the greatest teacher to the indomitable Gloria Grow, who presides over the sanctuary. Through Westoll’s eyes, we witness the chimps’ remarkable recovery first-hand. Simple things like establishing friendships, nurturing alliances, grooming one another and playing games of tickle-chase are all poignant testament to the capacity of these animals to heal—and to learn how to be chimps again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443408271
  • ISBN 10: 1443408271
  • Imprint: HarperPerennial
  • On Sale: 05/03/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: NATURE / Animals / Primates

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