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Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans

By: Anita Silvey

As a young scientist, Birute Mary Galdikas had a mission: To find and study the elusive orangutans of Borneo’s rain forest to help protect this amazing and elusive species. Follow her story as she carries out an epic search and struggles to survive while studying the world’s most endangered great ape.

When Galdikas saw her first image of an orangutan in the wild, she was immediately captivated. It haunted her and she found its gaze “almost hypnotic.” She moved to Borneo, where she made it her life’s mission to study and work to protect these mysterious creatures. Like primatologists Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Galdikas was driven by incredible ambition and a fascination with apes and human origins, making her way to the harsh rain forests of Indonesian Borneo when she was just 25 years old. She set up a simple camp, named after her mentor, Louis Leakey, and proceeded to look…and look…and look for wild orangutans, one of the most elusive species on the planet. Her studies brought these critically endangered apes to the world stage, and they are still making an impact today. Now in her 70s, Dr. Galdikas has conducted the longest running study of any wild mammal by any single scientist.

“Orangutan Family Scrapbook.” Time line. Note on Borneo’s plants. Suggestions for further information. Source notes. Index. Author’s note. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and maps.

ISBN: 9781426333569

JLG Release: Oct 2019

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Biruté Marija Filomena Galdikas (1946– ) , Women primatologists , Biography , Orangutans , Orangutan behavior , Orangutan research , Borneo , Sumatra, Indonesia , Wildlife conservation

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First Release

October 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

10" x 8"

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Level 7.8; Points: 2;

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Level 1140L


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Hardcover edition


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Biruté Marija Filomena Galdikas (1946– ), Women primatologists, Biography, Orangutans, Orangutan behavior, Orangutan research, Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia, Wildlife conservation,

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