Monkey

Monkey

Description

The monkey has remarkable intelligence and adaptibility and has enjoyed a close relationship over millennia with human societies. Monkey deities feature prominently in the ancient religions of India, China, Egypt and Central America. Among peoples of tropical Africa, monkey masks and images are still in use in various ceremonies, dances and rituals. Monkeys are present in the human arts of carving, cartoons and painting, as Desmond Morris explores in this book. Yet numerous species continue to be exploited by humans in ways as various as labouring on coconut farms, performing in many parts of Asia for tourists and in the West in circuses, serving as substitute astronauts in space experiments and working as domestic companions for the disabled. New monkey species are still being discovered, for example the blond capuchin (long thought extinct) in Brazil in 2006, and the Burmese snub-nosed monkey in 2010. But the future is not secure: some species are declining at a frightening rate, and logging and related agribusiness industries daily shrink further their natural habitats. And monkeys are bushmeat in some tropical countries.
Morris's Monkey is the up-to-date appraisal of the past, present and possible future of one of the most inquisitive and playful animals on our planet.


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Details

Author(s)
Desmond Morris
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
135 x 190 x 13.46mm | 353.8g
Publication date
15 Jun 2013
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
60 colour, 40 black and white
ISBN10
1780230966
ISBN13
9781780230962
Bestsellers rank
745,336