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Following Fifi

My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons from our Closest Relatives

John Crocker Jane Goodall



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Pegasus Books
05 December 2017
An exhilarating quest into a remote African forest to examine chimpanzees and understand the roots of human behavior.

As a young student, John Crocker embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, spending eight months in the Gombe forest working with Jane Goodall. He would follow families of wild chimpanzees from sunrise to sunset and learn the fundamental behavioral traits of these chimps as they raised their offspring.

One chimpanzee would captivate him. Her name was Fifi, and she displayed extraordinary patience and reassurance towards her infant, Freud. Upon returning home and becoming a doctor, Crocker found himself incorporating the lessons he learned from Fifi into his work as a father and physician. When he would witness his young patients rocketing around the exam room, he would picture Fifi's patience and tacit approval of Freud's uninhibited and joyful exploration.

Crocker shares how his time with our closet animal cousins help him better understand his patients with ADD, anxiety, and depression. These traits and others, so maligned today, are hardwired into our natural behavior and help chimpanzees protect their community, and raise their young, and survive. Upon his return to Gombe thirty-six years later with his own son, Crocker's experience with the chimps comes full circle.

An illuminating book that will raise thought-provoking questions about the evolution of human behavior, the importance of patience, strong family bonds, and provide a greater understanding of what it means to be human. 24 pages of color photographs
By:   John Crocker
Introduction by:   Jane Goodall
Imprint:   Pegasus Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   491g
ISBN:   9781681775685
ISBN 10:   1681775689
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   05 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   No Longer Our Product

John Crocker has been practicing family medicine in Seattle for thirty-five years. He attended Stanford University, where he met Jane Goodall. He received his MD from Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Crocker is a popular speaker on primate behavior and has written for the Huffington Post about lessons learned from our closest living relatives. This is his first book. Jane Goodall continues to study and write about primate behavior and is the author of several books. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees.

Reviews for Following Fifi: My Adventures Among Wild Chimpanzees: Lessons from our Closest Relatives

A truly extraordinary book. As I read it I was transported back to those wonderful days when I lived in Gombe. It is fascinating to read how John's observations of chimpanzee children with their mothers and other family members helped him understand the problems of a human child. -- Jane Goodall Spending time with wild chimpanzees-and watching their mothering skills-has marked John Crocker for life and shaped his work as a family doctor. A delightful book full of love and respect for both animals and humans. -- Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of 'Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?' John Crocker's memoir traces a unique and fascinating arc from his early fieldwork with Jane Goodall, through a career in family medicine, and then back to revisit the people and chimpanzees at Gombe Stream. Written with genuine feeling and filled with intriguing insights, Following Fifi is a great read. -- Thor Hanson, author of 'Feathers' and 'The Triumph of Seeds'

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