Jeremy and Amy

The Extraordinary Story of One Man and his Orang-utan

by Jeremy Keeling

  • Published: 01 Jul 2010
  • Price: £8.99
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 320p
  • ISBN: 9781906021986
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Jeremy Keeling first met Amy, an abandoned orang-utan, when he was looking after the private menagerie of music impresario Gordon Mills. Amy had been born to an orang-utan with no maternal instincts and Jeremy, feeling a connection with the rejected primate, hand-reared her. A friendship was forged that would become the defining relationship of both their lives.

One day in 1984, when Jeremy was driving along with one-year-old Amy sitting beside him in the passenger seat, he fell asleep at the wheel and caused a horrific car crash. The first policemen on the scene were staggered to see amidst the wreckage of the upturned car, a hairy, non-human hand cradling Jeremy’s head, keeping it clear of the glass and twisted metal: Amy had saved his life.

For Jeremy, it was to be a long convalescence, but three years later he finally found a way of repaying his debt to Amy, when he met Jim Cronin, a tough-talking primate-lover from the Bronx, who shared his vision of creating a sanctuary for abused and abandoned monkeys.

Pooling their meagre resources the two men took on a derelict pig farm in Dorset and over the next twenty years, slowly transformed it into a 65-acre, cage-less sanctuary for beleaguered primates, rescued from poachers and scientists on daring raids all over the world. Monkey World is now internationally famous and attracts some 800,000 visitors a year. This book is a story of high-wire adventure, of grit and determination and at its heart an inspiring and life-changing friendship between one man and his ape.

Monkey World website.

“Enchanting and touching”
<em>Mail on Sunday</em>
“Amy is a delight”
Mail on Sunday

About Jeremy Keeling

Jeremy Keeling is the Animal Director and co-founder of Monkey World in Dorset.