Karl was involved in the writing and photography of a great variety of books. Although a few are out of print, most are still available (click the book title to purchase the book). You can also usually find any book through Bookfinder or AddAll.
Photographers Against Wildlife Crime
Photographers Against Wildlife Crime is a critical acclaimed book that features images and stories from 32 leading wildlife photographers and photojournalists committed to ending the illegal wildlife trade. This is the power of photography at its best. Thought-provoking and hauntingly beautiful, this book is designed to raise public awareness and will help to end consumer demand for wildlife products in our life time. The book celebrates the true heroes of our time, who are committed to protect our wildlife and fight for our wild spaces.
Where Have All the Animals Gone? Travels with Karl Ammann
In this new memoir, nature historian Dale Peterson (author of Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man) describes his travels through Africa with Swiss wildlife photographer Karl Ammann. Dedicated to stopping the slaughter of endangered bush meat, Ammann is in turns brilliant, provocative, and irritating – almost as wild as the animals he seeks to save.
Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann’s gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature’s greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual, mysterious, elusive, and iconic.
In riveting prose, Peterson introduces the work of field scientists in Africa and explains their recent astonishing discoveries. He then explores the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and discusses the politics of ivory. Elephant Reflections is a book that could change the way the world thinks about elephants while we still have some measure of control over their fate.
Great Ape Odyssey
Mythologized since the days of Aristotle, few creatures have captured popular imagination more completely than the great apes – gorillas, chimpanzees (including bonobos), and orangutans. Yet, our understanding of these apes as the “blood kin” of humans – nearly identical in biological composition and strikingly similar in so many behaviors – has been much disputed over the years, and it has taken over a century of research and scientific discoveries to dispel the Victorian notion and portrayal of these animals as savage, aggressive and fearful beasts.
In Great Ape Odyssey, the follow-up to Orangutan Odyssey, Dr Birute Mary Galdikas helps dispel any lingering myths about these fascinating animals. The famed primatologist opens the book with a brief, engaging history of our discovery of the great apes and the evolution of our perception of them since ancient times. She then delves into each of the great apes in detail, exploring and examining what we know about them, providing her own interpretations of the latest research, and offering comparisons among the different species. For instance, we learn that male gorillas make terrific fathers; that bonobos probably have more sex than any other creature on the planet, giving new meaning to the words “You had me at hello”; and that while neither chimpanzees nor orangutans can swim, they have no fear of water, and in fact seem to enjoy it. More shocking revelations, while not new, nevertheless still captivate, especially as they relate to human behavior: Extreme violence and outright cannibalism has been observed between neighboring chimpanzee communities and even individuals, forcing us to adjust our image of them as gentle, peace-loving creatures.
A constant drum beat throughout Great Ape Odyssey is the ever-present, and unfortunately mounting, threat of extinction in the face of an alarming loss of habitat, spread of disease, and a dramatic rise in the bush meat trade. Indeed, according to Galdikas, this threat has already reached crisis proportions and if the decimation continues at the current rate, we are sure to lose the great apes from the planet within our lifetime. One hundred and twenty-five photographs, taken on location in the dense forests of Borneo and the tree top canopies of Africa by wildlife photographer Karl Ammann, illustrates the lives and behaviors of these creatures. Great Ape Odyssey offers not only a compelling overview of what we have learned about these humanlike animals, but in turn, and perhaps more importantly, what they can teach us about ourselves.
All Apes Great and Small
The editors of this volume, the first in a two-volume series, are world renowned, having dedicated most of their lives to the study of apes. The world’s premiere primatologists, ethologists, and anthropologists present the most recent research on both captive and free-ranging African great apes. These scientists, through deep personal commitment and sacrifice, have expanded our knowledge of chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. With the rapid disappearance of African forests, many of these studies will never be duplicated. This volume and all volumes in the Developments in Primatology book series, aim to broaden and deepen the understanding of this valuable cause. Karl’s chapter in this book (click to read it) is called: What happened to Gorilla Gorilla Uellensis?
Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve is nature’s stage for the greatest wildlife show on earth. In a continent considered to be the last refuge of the world’s dwindling wildlife herds, more than three million animals call the Maasai Mara home. The Mara’s combination of lush grasslands, isolated hillocks and forested river banks provides a rich habitat for wildlife and an idyllic setting for wildlife lovers.
Maasai Mara is a remarkable pictorial study in APA Publications’ Insight Topics series of photobooks. Whether it’s an elephant resting under a solitary acacia, a pride of hungry lions feasting on a buffalo kill, a million wildebeest on the annual migration trail, or a simple but stunning landscape, Maasai Mara captures the sublime beauty of the wild in the African continent. Kenya residents Karl and Kathrine Ammann have traveled extensively throughout many of Africa’s game parks, but the Maasai Mara remains their overwhelming favorite. They have explored this wondrous wildlife arena for over ten years, photographing the savage, serene and spectacular events of life-and death-in the animal kingdom. Maasai Mara features more than 220 full-color pages, a photographic portfolio that stirs the senses and brings the reader into a fascinating world that once experienced, will not soon be forgotten.
This is one of the most unusual and moving stories of animal behavior. Kathrine and Karl Ammann devoted two years to the study of the cheetah and their movements in the wild of the Maasai Mara, a remote and hauntingly beautiful corner of Kenya. This account of their life among the cheetah forms a compelling and poignant narrative. While working in the Mara, the Ammann discovered their photographic talents. Their fascinating story is brought to life by some of the best color pictures ever taken of any predator, anywhere.
The most comprehensive book on giraffes to appear in the last fifty years, Giraffe Reflections presents a magnificent portrait of a group of animals who, in spite of their legendary elegance and astonishing gentleness, may not entirely survive this century. Dale Peterson’s text provides a natural and cultural history of the world’s tallest and second-biggest land animals, describing in detail their biology and behavior. He offers a new perspective on the giraffes’ place in our world, and argues for the stronger protection of these imposing yet endangered creatures and their elusive forest relatives, the okapis.
Some 120 stunning photographs by award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann capture the grace and elegance of Giraffa camelopardalis. Both beautiful and informative, the images document giraffes’ complex interactions with each other and their environment.
Eating Apes is an eloquent book about a disturbing secret: the looming extinction of humanity’s closest relatives, the African great apes – chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas. Dale Peterson’s impassioned exposé details how, with the unprecedented opening of African forests by European and Asian logging companies, the traditional consumption of wild animal meat in Central Africa has suddenly exploded in scope and impact, moving from what was recently a subsistence activity to an enormous and completely unsustainable commercial enterprise. Although the three African great apes account for only about one percent of the commercial bush meat trade, today’s rate of slaughter could bring about their extinction in the next few decades. Supported by compelling color photographs by award-winning photographer Karl Ammann, Eating Apes documents the when, where, how, and why of this rapidly accelerating disaster.
Eating Apes persuasively argues that the American conservation media have failed to report the ongoing collapse of the ape population. In bringing the facts of this crisis and these impending extinctions into a single, accessible book, Peterson takes us one step closer to averting one of the most disturbing threats to our closest relatives.
Eating Apes was named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and the Globe and Mail, and a Top Science Book of the Year by Discover magazine. The curious may read the Introduction/First Chapter and the Afterward as well as this in depth review by a noted conservationist. A portion of the proceeds of this book is donated by the publisher to the Great Ape Project.
As millions of people woke up on the morning of January 1st, 2000, more than 100 internationally-acclaimed nature photographers were capturing the natural beauty of the day on film. This text presents that collection of photographs, each focusing on the timeless wonder of nature and all taken between midnight and noon on New Year’s Day morning. In addition to the photographs, each photographer has provided a thoughtful caption about the photo, the location and his or her impressions, reflections and emotions at that moment. The photographs illustrate daybreak across the world at such locations as Ayers Rock in Australia, the island of Fiji, the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, USA, the Baltic Sea coast of Sweden, Zimbabwe, Kenya, England and Indonesia.
Meet Little Bull! He’s a three-foot-tall, 250-pound baby elephant who lives in Africa with a lot of family and friends. Come along and share his adventures.
When times are good and food and water are plentiful, Little Bull gets to explore a playground that stretches as far as the eye can see. He grabs branches with his trunk, stands trunk to beak with a fearless little bird, and teaches himself tricks. He even wrestles in the mud with his favorite cousin. The bigger elephants watch over them, always. If there’s danger, the adults trumpet a warning and gather in a protective circle around the youngsters.
But even the grown-ups are helpless when the rain stops and the water holes and grasses dry up. All they can do is wander across the plains in search of food and drink, as the little elephants struggle to keep up. Little Bull is just one member of an elephant family whose lives are documented in Africa’s Elephant Kingdom, the first large-format film by Discovery Channel Pictures. It follows the elephants on their dangerous search for food and water, and capturing their heart-wrenching moments of loss as well as their days of joy.
This book has the rare distinction of being the first to cover all three subspecies of gorillas, painstakingly photographed by Karl Ammann over an 8-year period. Unlike a number of books which focus entirely on mountain gorillas, Insight Topics: Gorillas also presents rare shots of the eastern and western lowland subspecies, both of which are relatively unknown to scientists and the general public. With a foreword by well-known paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey, this book is packed with 165 glossy pages of superb color images, bringing out much of the intimate knowledge that primatologists have culled over the years about gorillas and how they live. Once feared as chest-thumping man-eating monsters, gorillas are known today to be some of the gentlest creatures on earth. Sadly, this book is all the more pertinent because the future of these last remaining great apes is uncertain. The final chapter ponders their fate, under imminent threat from civil wars and deforestation, indiscriminate hunting, and the use of gorilla body parts as fetishes and souvenirs.
The Hunters and the Hunted
East Africa still offers an extraordinary spectacle of animal life. Millions of herbivores throng the grasslands and with them is an array of predators, scavengers, and parasites. It’s a spectacle without equal in the animal world.
Karl and Kathrine Ammann, whose book Cheetah revealed many little-known aspects of this graceful species, here retrace the constant cycles of life and death in the bush – witnessed at first hand and captured in this superb series of color photographs.
Never before has African wildlife been illustrated with such power and drama. Here, in marvelous sequences, the reader can follow the stalk, the hunt, and the kill of the lion, cheetah, wild dog, and many other animals. The text, written in collaboration with Ian Parker, is both lively and authoritative, and is based on the Ammann’s own observations of life in the wilderness and on startling new evidence about how these predators interact. Such profound understanding of their subject is the secret of the Ammann’s success as photographers. In this remarkable book the world of The Hunters and The Hunted is brought vividly to life.
The Philippines – A Journey Through the Archipelago
Seven Days in The Philippines with 35 of the World’s Finest Photographers – Archipelago Press and Imprint of Didier Millet, 1996
Karl Ammann – (Principal Photographer) – APA Insight Guide, 1992
The Spotted One
Never before has African wildlife been illustrated with such power and drama. Here, in marvelous sequences, the reader can follow the stalk, the hunt and the kill of the lion, cheetah, wild dog, and many other animals. The text, written in collaboration with Ian Parker, is both lively and authoritative and is based on startling new evidence about the ways in which predators interact, witnessed first-hand and captured in this superb series of color photographs.
Consuming Nature is a beautifully photographed book which depicts the devastation of nature in Africa as witnessed by some of the world’s most experienced conservation experts. The book discusses the causes of the illegal wildlife trade, the people it directly affects, the threats to worldwide health and solutions for the future.
“Consuming Nature is a testimony to human ignorance and greed, and to awakening humane concern – a call for compassion and rapid action. It is honest, forthright, and demands attention. The photos are not always pleasant, some are tragically sad, others downright shocking. But they depict what is really happening – something that will only get worse, if we sit back and do nothing.” – Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace.
“The information that I gathered from the book Consuming Nature, provoked great dismay. The ecological disaster that this book illustrates and the crude reality that it describes, reinforce the idea that these African countries need urgent help to rapidly develop active policies to carefully and sustainably manage their tropical forests. The issue is one of preservation of an irreplaceable natural heritage. It is also about mankind’s rights and obligations vis-à-vis nature – without which man is nothing. This constitutes one of the policies of the French government that I have been promoting in Africa and which is part of the dialogue that I maintain with African heads of state. I would like you to forward my admiration to the authors for the quality of this remarkable piece of work.” President Jacques Chirac, Letter to Greenpeace France, February 10th 2004
Great Apes and Humans
The great apes — gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans — are known to be our closest living relatives. Chimpanzees in particular share 98 percent of our DNA, and scientists widely agree that they exhibit intellectual abilities long thought to be unique to humans, such as self-awareness and the ability to interpret the moods and identify the needs of others. The close relation of apes to humans raises important ethical questions. Are they better protected in the wild or in zoos? Should they be used in biomedical research? Should they be afforded the same legal protections as humans?
Great Apes and Humans is the first book to present a spectrum of viewpoints on human responsibilities toward great apes. A variety of field biologists, academic scientists, zoo professionals, psychologists, sociologists, ethicists, and legal scholars consider apes in both the wild and captivity. They present sobering statistics on the declining numbers of wild apes, specifically discussing the decimation of great ape populations due to wild game consumption. They explore the role of apes in the educational missions of zoos as well as the need for sanctuaries for wild ape orphans and former research subjects. After examining the social division between apes and humans from historical, evolutionary, and cognitive perspectives, they conclude by reviewing the current moral and legal status of great apes as well as how apes’ cognitive skills inform these issues.
Although this provocative book contains many different opinions, the uniting concern of the contributors is the safety and well-being of great apes. Only by continuing the dialogue so clearly presented here can we hope to ensure their future.
Orangutans, the fabled red apes of the forests of Indonesia, share 97 percent of the biological makeup of human beings. But it is not for this reason alone that they have captured the interest and attention of scientists and naturalists. They are remarkable animals in their own right, living solitary and peaceful lives in the tree canopy of the dense tropical rain forest of the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Subsisting on fruit, leaves, and other vegetation, they interact very little with other animals and pose a threat to none. But their own existence is now endangered by poaching, forest cutting, and gold mining, which are reducing at a great rate the pristine forest areas that orangutans require to live.
Now, for the first time in a lavishly illustrated book, Birute Galdikas, the world’s leading authority on orangutans, offers a rich picture of their life based on her intimate observation of hundreds of the animals in their native habitat; she spends as much as six months every year in her research camp at the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park near Kalimantan, Borneo. Until recently, very little was known about the real character, personality, and life habits of orangutans. Nesting high up in the trees and seldom venturing to the ground, orangutans are hard to get a glimpse of, much less follow and observe. But Galdikas has persisted under extraordinarily difficult physical conditions. She has succeeded not only in rescuing several hundred wild born orangutans previously held as pets or in substandard zoos, but also in studying the life cycles and behavior of both wild and semi wild animals, with particular attention to mothers and their young. The results of her knowledge inform the lively and fascinating text of this remarkable book. Like Jane Goodall, the pioneering student of chimpanzees who has written an enthusiastic introduction, and Dian Fossey, a leading authority on gorillas, Galdikas was inspired and encouraged in her study of this elusive primate by the renowned Dr Louis Leakey. As readers will discover, orangutans are tender and caring mothers, highly intelligent adults, and successful and adaptive tree-canopy dwellers. The photographs in this book were made by the noted wildlife photographer Karl Ammann at Camp Leakey, the sanctuary preserve in Kalimantan, Borneo.
East African Wildlife – Safari Special
It was Ernest Hemingway who popularized the Swahili verb to travel – safari – in his stories on big-game hunting in East Africa. The region, with its vast landscapes, native culture and profusion of wildlife, held an endless fascination for him. Modern-day visitors will be no less disappointed. Insight Guide: East African Wildlife focuses on all the facts necessary for a rewarding and unforgettable journey to exotic East Africa. It combines essential information on and their habitats with interesting features on specific safaris. There is also a country-by-country guide to the game parks of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda and Eastern Zaire. The pages of East African Wildlife are filled with stunning photography and entertaining text. From the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean to the ice-encrusted peaks of the Mountains of the Moon, East African Wildlife is the ideal companion for outdoors enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
Die Grossen Menshenaffen
Seven Days in Malaysia with 35 of the World’s Finest Photographers – Didier Millet Press, 1990