Chimpanzee Travels: On and Off the Road in Africa

Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 1995

This book is based on three trips I made looking for chimpanzees in various parts of East, West, and Central Africa. I was very lucky to be invited to a number of research sites and chimpanzee sanctuaries as well as (towards the end of the book) a newly created national park in Congo-Brazzaville where the chimpanzees had apparently never before seen humans—and so I had my first, and I hope last, experience of knowing what it feels like to be an alien just arrived from another planet. It’s pretty scary.

It has been translated into Dutch, and both the Dutch and English versions were republished in later editions.

Reviews And Comments

"Exhilarating… [an] absorbing adventure-nature story."—Publishers Weekly

"Peterson brings a wealth of good humor, a snappy irony, and a laid-back style to what were surely travels with a hard edge of difficulty. It’s easy to admire the man and easier still to admire this droll, shrewd piece of travel writing."—Kirkus Reviews

"Delightful… a book in which humor arm-wrestles with the pathos of paradise lost in modern Africa."—Philadelphia Enquirer

"Peterson cuts a broad swath through east, west, and central Africa… And if you come along, you will be sure to meet some wild characters—not all of them chimps—have some chuckles, learn about animals, and reflect on the continent’s troubles."—Boston Globe

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From The Dr. Decker Weiss Show. Original Air Date December 16, 2013. It is a scientifically accepted fact that humans evolved from a common ancestor with chimpanzees, but our similarities and differences are not what many people think. Animal science expert Dale Peterson, PhD, explores the genetic link between the two species and explains the similarities and differences.