Craig Stanford

 

On his book The New Chimpanzee: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin

Cover Interview of June 10, 2018

Lastly

My hope is that the reader will appreciate chimpanzees for what they are: not under-evolved humans, nor caricatures of ourselves, but perhaps the most interesting of all the species of nonhuman animals with which we share our planet. The gift of the chimpanzee is the vista we are offered of ourselves. It is a gift that is in danger of disappearing, as we destroy the chimpanzee’s natural world and drive them toward extinction. A tiny fraction of chimpanzees lives in protected sanctuaries, where their health is monitored, and we are aware of every problem that faces them. The other 150,000 chimpanzees living in the forests of Africa are still unknown, unmonitored, and in dire need of protection. The point of reading The New Chimpanzee is to gain a fuller sense of what we will lose if chimpanzees cease to exist in the wild.