PEOPLE gives The Chimps 4 out of 4 stars!
“As a volunteer at Fauna Sanctuary, a haven for 13 traumatized chimps rescued from biomedical labs, Westoll blended smoothies and played with the apes, witnessing an astonishing resilience as they learned to trust and interact once more. His moving book shows that ‘no matter what kind of trauma we’ve gone through, we all have the capacity to recover and to help others heal."
“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.”
“An affecting work about our genetic cousin.”
“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.”
"Only the most intransigent heart will be unmoved by Andrew Westoll's account of his time spent at Quebec's Fauna Sanctuary. . . Appealing to our hearts and minds in equal measure, Westoll builds his case so convincingly it's hard not to see the potential failure of the [Great Ape Protection Act] as a failure of humanity."
-Quill & Quire (starred review)
“It is from within the stunning beauty of [Westoll’s] narrative that the archetypes of genuine bravery, discovery, and transcendence slowly but surely come into view… With compassion and comic flair, he introduces us to the non-human primates who, he would say, are the real heroes of his tale....Knowing that he's taking his readers on a difficult journey, Westoll worries at one point that the "truth will devour you." But, because the book is also so beautiful, we can respond with the other side of that possibility: that the truth can likewise set you free. It is perhaps the prerequisite for setting others free, too...It's hard to put this biography down, as Westoll leads us deep into the wonders of Fauna Sanctuary…Here, he offers us the keys to the primate kingdom, to which we've always belonged and in which we can glimpse God in the face of a chimpanzee gratefully drinking a delicious purple smoothie.”
-Winnipeg Free Press
"The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary will naturally garner the instant attention of not just chimp crusaders, but animal lovers internationally. Above all else, it is an intelligent examination of our changing relationship with the animals we share this world with, and our undeniable obligation to untangle an unfortunate past."
"reading thsi book it's impossible not to come to care for these animals [...] [i]n the process of learning these stories, Westoll crossed the line from journalist to advocate and never looked back"
- National Post
"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"
- The Globe and Mail
"Westoll's writing is best when describing Fauna's residents and the conflicted relationships they forge with their human caregivers, both in the lab and in the sanctuary. Expect to cry in the obvious places [...] but keep the tissues close by at all times. Heartbreak is never very far away."
"The strength of Westoll’s book lies in the way he expertly weaves three essential elements into one coherent call for an end to chimpanzee abuse in medical labs."
- The Monteal Gazette
"A new book, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll, offers a unique look into the lives of mistreated animals, particularly thirteen rescued lab chimps recovering from physical and emotional trauma. It’s a haunting true-tale tinged with hope as the liberated chimps now learn to live again with love, care and a sense of community so essential to the well-being of such complex, social creatures."