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Tales from Gombe

The Chimpanzees of Tanzania’s Gombe National Park have been chronicled for the past 50 years. This book by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers contains  updated observations of one of the most documented groups of wild animals in the world.


Captivating photography alongside fascinating tales of the power play between families and individual primates makes this an incredible insight to our closest living relative. A must-have gift for naturalists and photographers alike.


‘I was going to try to write this review without using phrases like ‘closest cousins’; however, time and time again, as one turns from page to page in eager anticipation and rapt delectation within this volume, our shared heritage with these charismatic characters shines out in glorious imagery and insightful and compassionate descriptions... Wonderful.’ Lindsay Murray, Primate Eye


'With the publication of this mammoth folio, Jane Goodall’s famous chimpanzees have garnered another distinction: they are the only great apes to have a family album... and so we can give thanks to Shah and Rogers for providing this revealing photographic record of our simian cousins.' Natural History Magazine


'Stunning photos of Gombe chimpanzees…Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers provide an intimate insight into the world of chimpanzees.' BBC Wildlife magazine


'An intimate and stunningly illustrated account…These animals have been the subject of intensive study ever since Jane Goodall first made their acquaintance in 1960, but surely no other cameras have lingered on them so lovingly…this is much more than another African coffee table book. The intensity of the images speaks volumes about the photographers’ involvement with their subjects. The portraits, especially, have a Rembrandt-like depth, with every wrinkle and whisker steeped in meaning and emotion.' Travel Africa magazine


'The social structure of these remarkable animals is documented in Tales from Gombe.' New Scientist


'…an unparalled insight into the world of the Gombe chimpanzee…fabulous.' Paa Tanzania magazine

Regular Price: £40.00

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Additional product details
  • nature
  • by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers
  • hardback
  • 324 pages
  • 34x28x3.5cm
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Up close and personalReview by Laura
A spectacular coffee table book for all animal lovers - this epic book does not disappoint in size, glossiness and incredible photographic content.

Except this is not just a coffee table book – and was never intended as one either.

This, without a shadow of doubt, is a labour of love by husband-and-wife photographic talent team of Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers. For over ten years they have travelled to Gombe National Park to spend time with the resident chimpanzees, first introduced to the world by Jane Goodall. This book is testament to the amount of time spent in the rainforest in the company of our closest cousin - but testament also to the acceptance of the authors by the chimps; intimate portraits such as these come after hours of sitting, waiting, watching, learning, understanding and, ultimately, loving the subjects. And if the images alone don’t melt your heart, then reading the accompanying text will surely make you feel familiar with the faces before too long – endearing stories of their family alliances, passion, suffering, politics, plots – a real-life soap opera, indeed over ten years worth, presented in one epic volume.

Looking through the stunning photos, so many relaxed portraits of thoughtful-looking adult chimps, I would love to know what the chimps of Gombe feel about the authors – after all, they are so strikingly similar to us, who is to say they don’t remember the first time they saw the authors sitting amongst the vegetation, quietly watching? It is obvious that Shah and Rogers have huge affection and respect for their subjects – and the chimps must recognise them each time and quickly relax into their daily lives that are recorded in such beautiful detail in pictures and in words.
(Posted on 29/10/2014)

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