Reading List

This is a partial listing of published works on great apes. For further information on other available resources, call 888-98-CHIMP (24467).

A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons

-Robert M. Sapolsk

Almost Chimpanzee: Searching for What Makes Us Human, in Rainforests, Labs, Sanctuaries, and Zoos

-Jon Cohen

Behavioral Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos

-Linda Marchant, Christophe Boesch and Gottfried Hohmann

Chimpanzee Cultures: With a Foreword by Jane Goodall

-Richard Wrangham, W. C. McGrew, Frans B. M. de Waal and Paul Heltne

Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes

-Frans DeWaal

Chimps of Fauna

-Andrew Westoll

Cognitive Development in Chimpanzees

-Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Masaki Tomonaga and Masayuki Tanaka

Everything is Better With a Gorilla

-Andrew Gall

Gorillas in the Mist

-Dian Fossey

Great Apes and Humans: The Ethics of Coexistence 

-Benjamin B. Beck, Arnold Arluke and Elizabeth F. Stevens

Hurt Go Happy 

-Ginny Rorby

In My Family Tree 

-Sheila Siddle

Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man 

-Dale Peterson

My Life with the Chimpanzees

-Jane Goodall

Next of Kin 

-Roger Fouts

Primate Conservation Biology 

-Guy Cowlishaw and Robin I. M. Dunbar

Primate Societies 

-Barbara B. Smuts, Dorothy L. Cheney, Robert M. Seyfarth and Richard W. Wrangham


-Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior 

-Jane Goodall

The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology 

-W.C. McGrew

The Monkey Wars 

-Deborah Blum

The Pictorial Guide to Living Primates 

-Noel Rowe and Russell A. Mittermeier

The Ten Trusts  

-Jane Goodall and Marc Beckoff

Visions of Caliban 

-Dale Peterson and Jane Goodall

What it means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes. People, and their genes 

-Jonathan Marks

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals 

-Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers 

-Robert M. Sapolsky

Family Friendly Reading List Follows:

Chimpanzees Are Smart! (Ages 7-11)

-Leigh Rockwood

The Watcher:  Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps (Ages 4-8)

-Jeanette Winter

 Me….Jane (Ages 2-6)

-Patrick Mc Donnell

 My Life with the Chimpanzees (Ages 8-12)

-Jane Goodall

 Nature’s Children:  Chimpanzees (Ages 6-12)

-Katie Marsico

The Chimpanzee Family Book (Age 8 & Up)

-Jane Goodall

Little Chimp (Barron’s Look at Me Books) (Ages 1-4)

-L. Rigo

A Chimpanzee Tale (Ages 5-10)

-Karen Young, told by Hoot the Chimpanzee

How to Speak Chimpanzee (Ages 6-10)

-Richard Brassey