Almost Human: The Story of Julius, the Chimpanzee Caught Between Two Worlds

Almost Human: The Story of Julius, the Chimpanzee Caught Between Two Worlds

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"Alternately joyous and heartbreaking..." --Jane Goodall

A moving and revealing biography of Norway's most famous chimpanzee.

Julius is a national celebrity, the inspiration behind pop hits and bestselling books.

He's also a chimpanzee, born in captivity, but raised in a zookeeper's home after his own mother rejects him. Julius's new parents change his diapers and comfort him when he has nightmares, and their daughters play with him. But soon they must reintroduce Julius to the zoo, a challenging task that brings new learnings on primate behavior and the dangers of animal celebrity.

Alternately humorous and heartbreaking, Almost Human shows that primates are more like us than we once thought possible. It also charts the transformation of one zoo over time: from a small operation of animals behind bars to a fast-growing attraction coming to terms with twenty-first-century views on animal rights and welfare.



Author: Alfred Fidjestøl
Publisher: Greystone Books
Published: 09/17/2019
Pages: 248
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.70w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781771643856

About the Author

Alfred Fidjestøl has published several critically acclaimed biographies and history books about humans and cultural institutions. In 2014, Fidjestøl became the first nonfiction author ever to receive Gyldendal's Hunger Award. He was awarded the Språkprisen Prize in 2017.

Julius lives as a content alpha chimpanzee and father of two within a community of nine chimpanzees. He celebrated his fortieth birthday in 2019.