Just when I thought pre-publication buzz for The Chimps couldn't get any better, this little note arrives through the ether. A promotional blurb from my childhood hero, the scientist who inspired me to take off into the Surinamese rainforest at 23 to study monkeys, the activist who inspired me to do what I'm doing now, and the woman who redefined man. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is a true story of endurance and resilience, compassion, dedication and love. I knew the prison-like conditions of the medical research facility from which Gloria [Grow] rescued these chimpanzees; when I visited them at their new sanctuary I was moved to tears. Finally they had reached a secure haven where, gradually, they could recover from their years of torment. Andrew Westoll is a born story teller: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, written with empathy and skill, tenderness and humour, involves us in a world few understand. And leaves us marvelling at the ways in which chimpanzees are so like us, and why they deserve our help and are entitled to our respect. - Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
I am completely humbled, not just by this, but by all the support this book has received so far. Onwards to May!