Die Denker des Dschungels: der Orangutan-Report: Bilder, Fakten, HintergrŸnde

Gerd Schuster, Willie Smits, Jay Ullal



One against the rain forest mafia -- and for the persistence of the orangutan. 


Dr. Willie Smits is a moral court of last resort, and the theme of this book has international political dimensions.  The book is about nothing less than the causes of climate change, the shameless and profit-oriented deforestation of the tropical rainforest and thus the continuing destruction of the living space of ten thousand orangutans. He is on of the few who carry on this battle. With his own hands.  In the Indonesian forest.   Day after day.


The graduate forest scientist and microbiologist went to Indonesia in 1980. Nine years later he became, strictly by accident, an orangutan conservationist. At the edge of the market he found a half-dead orangutan, which a dealer had thrown in the rubbish. Smits looked into the eyes of this ape, was touched emotionally, took him with him, and restored his life. Two years later he founded the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), which since then has saved more than 1300 animals from death.


Together with author Gerd Schuster and the outstanding photographer Jay Ullal, Smits prepared a book about his life work. With several years more work, the text Die Denker des Dschungels was published by h. f. ullmann Verlag.


It is no exaggeration to describe the book as a sensation.  Exclusive photos show, for the first time, a swimming orangutan, although before this, researchers supposed that the orangutan could not swim. We see orangutans fishing with sticks, hitherto an unknown form of tool use. Overall, Jay Ullal's photos are simply the best ever taken of this area. In five trips to Borneo and Sumatra, he took nearly 10,000 photos, including 40 world-exclusive gems. These as well as hundreds of other fascinating photos are in this book.


The accompanying text does not fall short of the photos. It is scientifically based, but also lively and clearly written. The world of the orangutan is illuminated in all its facets, as is the story of Willie Smits, who evolved from a protector of orangutans to a protector of the climate.


The authors are not afraid to address the terrible situations they find. Many governments and organizations show scarcely any engagement, even when the topic is protection of the climate, the environment, and endangered species. Even today.  That this must undoubtedly change as soon as possible is shown forcibly in the contents of this book.


The publisher Herbert Ullmann has visited Dr. Willie Smits in Borneo, and has been much impressed by his performance and great success:  "There are books, which one can make, and there are books, which one must make. The Thinker of the Forests undoubtedly belongs in the second category."



--Die Leidensgeschichte des kleinen Bali: ein StŸck Orangutan-Wirklichkeit  [The sad tale of little Bali: a picture of orangutan reality]


--Das Grauen Queen Viktorias und das Desinteresse der Forscher: die Entdeckung des Orangutans  [The abhorrence of Queen Victoria and the disinterest of researchers: the discovery of the orangutan]


--Wer ist das, der "Waldmensch"? Beschreibung eines wenig bekannten Vetters aus dem Dschungel  [What is the "man of the forest"? Description of a little known cousin of the jungle]


--Medikamente gegen MigrŠne und Malaria: die "grŸne Apotheke" der affischen Feldbotaniker  [Medication for migraine and malaria: the "green apothecary" of the ape field botanist]


--Sieben Jahre Schulung, fŸnf Jahre Muttermilch und ewige Affenliebe: die wohl behŸtete Kindheit der Orangutans  [Seven years schooling, five years of mother's milk and a little ape love:  the well-protected childhood of orangutans]


--Grips, Genie oder gesunder Menschenverstand: was haben die Affen im Kopf?   [Brains, genius or common sense: what is in the ape's head?]


--Alma und der Dosenšffner, Unyils "Seiltrick" und Uces Liebe fŸr Symbole: begegnungen mit Orangutan-Intelligenz   [Alma and the can opener, Unyil's rope trick and Uce's love for symbols: encounters with orangutan intelligence]


--Kultur bei Affen: Kann das sein?  [Ape culture: is this possible?]


--Vom Wildbret bis zum 50.000-US-Dollar Exportartikel: die Geschichte eines Genozids   [From bushmeat to a $50,000 export article: the story of a genocide]


--Das …l, das keiner kennt: der Palmšl-Boom und der Exitus der letzten RegenwŠlder    [The oil that no one knows: the palm-oil boom and the end of the last rainforest]


--Alptraum und Affen-Apokalypse: eine Fahrt an die HolzfŠllerfront in Kalimantan   [Nightmare and ape apocalypse: a journey to the logging front in Kalimantan]


--"Niemand tut was! Die betrŸbliche Suche nach TierschŸtzern, die den Orangutans auch wirklich helfen  ["No one does anything!" The troubling search for animal protectors, who truly help the orangutans]


--Gro§e Worte und nichts dahinter: wie die UNEP den Orangutans Hilfe leistet   [Big words and nothing behind them: how the UNEP helps the orangutans]


--Vom Meranti-Vermehrer zum Orangutan-SchŸtzer: wie Willie Smits auf den Affen kam   [From meranti producer to orangutan protector: how Willie Smits came to the apes]


--Menschen als Kletter-Lehrer und Dschungerl-Trainer fŸr Orangutans: eine fast unmšgliche Aufgabe   [Humans as climbing teachers and jungle trainers for orangutans: an almost impossible undertaking]


--Mawas, die letzte Zuflucht der Orangutans: warum Affenschutz auch Menschenschutz ist   [Mawas, the last refuge for the orangutans: why ape protection is also human protection]


--So Šhnlich und doch so verschieden: die Arten und Underarten des Orangutan auf Borneo und Sumatra -- von Pongo abelii bis Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus   [So similar and yet so different: the species and sub-species of orangutans on Borneo and Sumatra -- from Pongo abelii to Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus]


--Die Pongo-pygmaeus-Polaroids: wie die Orangutanfrau Uce Fotos "fŸrs Familienalbum" bekam   [The Pongo pygmaeus polaroids: how the female ape Uce got photos "for the family album]


--Psychogramm eines Primaten: Erlebnisse und Erfahrungen mit eintausend Orangutans   [Psychogram of a primate: experiences with a thousand orangutans]


--Das MŠrchen von Samboja Lestari: ein Traum wird Wirklichkeit   [The fairy tale of Samboja Lestari: a dream becomes reality]




The journalist Gerd Schuster and his team has carried out fieldwork research on the surprising and to an extent shocking reality of the jungle, and pulls no punches in the reports contained in this book.


The Dutch conservationist and author of several specialist publications, Willie Smits, now lives mainly in Southeast Asia. He is the founder of BOS Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.


The photographer Jay Ullal became famous for his photographs of major personalities for Stern magazine. His later specialization in animal photography has produced sensational photos on the living conditions and behavior of the orangutan in photos shot during five trips to Borneo and Sumatra.




ISBN 9783833146220 (29,95 Euros, hardcover, German language ed.)

ISBN 9783833146237 (hardback, English language ed.)

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