The first book to explore the current knowledge and status of orangutans, a species threatened with extinction in their last refuges of Borneo and Sumatra. Written with infectious personal enthusiasm, The Intimate Ape takes readers into the apes' natural habitat and discovers the complex natures of these great 'men of the forest'. Complete with never-before-published material, The Intimate Ape is the definitive guide to Orangutans and their behaviour.
Shawn Thompson is a professor and journalist. He has covered a variety of social issues, including the difficult survival of the endangered orangutan species, as well as the maintaining of mental health under the prison system. His published works include The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret of a Vanishing Species; A River Rat's Guide to the Thousand Islands; and Letters from Prison: Felons Write About the Struggle for Life and Sanity Behind Bars. He resides in British Columbia. Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has written nine books on the minds and emotions of animals. His book Dogs Never Lie About Love was a New York Times bestseller, reaching international sales of more than one million. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.