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Following Fifi : my adventures among wild chimpanzees : lessons from our closest relatives

by Crocker, John,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Non-Fiction 599.885 CRO
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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

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After college graduation, most students head off for more education or new careers; Crocker went to Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park to study chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Interested in child development, he contemplated a career as a pediatrician, so being assigned to follow several families of chimps fit right into his goals. As Crocker also assisted in Gombe's medical clinic, he made his first connections between what he experienced with human patients and chimpanzee mothering. Fifi, a daughter of one of Goodall's most famous chimps, taught him the most, owing to her calm and patience with her offspring. This human-chimp connection continued with medical school and his family practice, as Fifi's lessons helped Crocker minister to human mothers. Anecdotes from his practice demonstrate the close relationship between the two species and how mothering is universal. In the final section, Crocker writes of his return to Gombe with his son and of reconnecting with his past. A gentle and thoughtful look at our bond with nature, especially with our closest relatives.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Patience, compassion, presence, and gratitude are the values championed by Crocker, a family physician, in this eloquent and appreciative memoir of his time as a student of Jane Goddall at Gombe, Tanzania, in 1973. Crocker begins his narrative with his experiences living in rugged forest conditions while following several mother-infant chimpanzee pairs, particularly matriarch Fifi and her playful son Freud. The too-short second part relates how understanding chimp behavior models helps Crocker's work as a family doctor, providing him with an orientation toward promoting strong parent-child attachment and insight as to how difficult behaviors, such as those associated with ADHD, could have been adaptive to human ancestors. Crocker closes by chronicling his return in 2009, accompanied by his 19-year-old son, to a more commercialized Gombe. They observe Freud as an elder and visit the home village of Hamisi, who had served as Crocker's field guide. Crocker thoughtfully muses on parenting, nostalgia, and lifelong friendship; he shows how the connection he made with primates affected him and taught him how to bring wise and loving care to his young patients. Crocker's book is emotionally stirring without being overly sentimental, and is as much about human experience as it is about comparative ethology. Color photos. Agent: Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Goodall, Jane, -- 1934- -- Influence.
Crocker, John, -- MD.
Chimpanzees -- Behavior.
Psychology, Comparative.
Zoology -- Research -- Tanzania.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Gombe National Park (Tanzania)
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First Pegasus Books edition.
Contributors Goodall, Jane, 1934- writer of foreword.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xv, 269 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781681775685
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