National Bestseller

Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

Finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Finalist for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year

A Quill and Quire Book of the Year

An Book of the Year

A Globe and Mail Book of the Year

A CTV Canada AM Book of the Year

CBC Canada Reads: True Stories Top 40 Pick


“The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is a true story of endurance and resilience, compassion, dedication and love. I knew the prison-like conditions of the medical research facility from which Gloria Grow rescued these chimpanzees; when I visited them at their new sanctuary I was moved to tears. Finally they had reached a secure haven where, gradually, they could recover from their years of torment. Andrew Westoll is a born story teller: The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, written with empathy and skill, tenderness and humour, involves us in a world few understand. And leaves us marvelling at the ways in which chimpanzees are so like us, deserve our help and are entitled to our respect.” - Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“This book is a wonder. Passionate, intelligent, moving and, above all, tremendously important, it illustrates the triumph of the wild spirit and offers surprising hope that the human animal might yet be redeemed. Think of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals, and you’ll have some idea of what it is you hold in your hands. It has been a long time since any author has inspired me to such extremes of compassion and humility.” - Barbara Gowdy, author of Helpless and The White Bone

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is an unflinching, visceral look at the emotional and physical damage—actual, real damage done to specific, individual apes—in some of America’s most notorious biomedical research labs. It is also the story of humans who were driven to provide them with refuge, retirement, and things that should be basic but aren’t (things as basic as choice about food and friends), and, ultimately, their inherent right to dignity.” - Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

“This book will make you think deeply about our relationship with great apes. It amazed me to discover the behaviors and feelings of the chimpanzees.” - Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

“Generous and deeply affecting. . . The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is many things: a tribute to an often-misunderstood creature; a study of a gutsy woman determined to protect the species; and a keen inquiry into man’s ambivalent relationship with his nearest relative in the animal kingdom.” - The Walrus

“Riveting…. Andrew Westoll provides an opera of dramatic events, heart-rending tragedies and uplifting triumphs. For anyone interested in empathy and recovery, his book is required reading.” – Globe and Mail (review by Linda Spalding)

“The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary blew me away. It is a master work that deserves an audience stretching from the US Congress to medical-school students to the widest possible public.” – Bookslut (review by Barbara J. King)

“A distressing, deeply important exposé of the suffering we have inflicted on our closest animal relation, the ethics of animal testing, and finally (and happily) a heartening picture of Fauna Sanctuary’s commitment and compassion.” - Publishers Weekly

“Incisive…. An affecting work about our genetic cousin.” - Kirkus

“Only the most intransigent heart will be unmoved…. In Westoll’s hands, Fauna’s 13 chimps – each ravaged by years, sometimes decades, of staggeringly cruel experimentation – are drawn as vividly as characters from the best literature, leaving us with no doubt about their profound sentience. [Appeals to] our hearts and minds in equal measure.” - Quill and Quire (starred review)

“Brilliant…. Westoll’s narrative encourages the reader to live more humanely— because, ultimately, the values of humanity are expressed in the way that animals are treated.” – The New York Journal of Books

“Magnetic… an intelligent examination of our changing relationship with the animals we share this world with, and our undeniable obligation to untangle an unfortunate past.” – Vancouver Sun

“A powerful look at how we treat our closest cousins…. An impassioned and well-reasoned argument against research on chimpanzees.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Westoll writes movingly… with an eye for vivid detail and the instinct of a gifted storyteller.” – Orion Magazine

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