Charles Siebert–Writer-reporter-poet essayist

by | Aug 12, 2009

Writer-reporter-poet essayist Charles Siebert, the author, most recently, of “The Wauchula Woods Accord: Toward A New Understanding Of Animals”–which chronicles his extended encounter with a retired circus chimp named Roger at The Center For Great Apes, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Wauchula, FL and widens out considerably from the personal reportage of that encounter, including incorporating reporting and impressions featured in some of The New York Times Magazine cover stories he’s written about animals and animal issues–discusses his history and how he began writing about animals, the experiences that led to writing the new book, the current landscape when it comes to captive chimps, how even wild chimps may well be on the path toward experiencing the profound behavioral disturbances that have afflicted elephants (both captive and wild) which have exhibited something akin to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, how captive dolphins (including ones used in therapeutic settings) are now also reflecting signs of having been traumatized, and more.

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