Avid wildlife photographer and founding director of Docs4GreatApes, Dr. Rick Quinn serves on both the Canadian and global boards of the Jane Goodall Institute. His veterinary career includes ten years in general practice, training as a veterinary ophthalmologist, and working in a specialty practice managing eye problems in his animal patients. Rick has taught veterinary undergraduate and graduate students and residents. He continues to lecture globally about veterinary ophthalmology and great ape conservation. Rick and his wife, Diane, a family doctor, have raised four children. They live in Ontario, Canada.
For most of his life, veterinarian Rick Quinn ignored a deep longing to meaningfully protect the endangered animals that fascinated him. Then one day, he read two magazine clippings about the great apes and knew it was time to set aside excuses and find the means to help. Armed with his camera and an insatiable curiosity, Dr. Quinn set off for the front lines of great ape conservation.
Just Like Us is a gorgeous tribute to our not-too-distant relatives as well as the courageous people who are risking their lives to protect them.
“Just Like Us is an entertaining and informative read that illustrates how one ordinary person can be a catalyst for positive change.”
primatologist and bestselling author
“Outstanding photography! This book is a valuable contribution to the public’s understanding of our remarkable ‘near relatives.”
wildlife painter and environmental icon
“Just Like Us will be a classic and is a must read. The book adds much to what we can learn about ourselves. A beautifully written adventure with great apes, with some of the most difficult and stunning photographs of the great apes ever made.”
Award-winning nature and wildlife photographer and conservationist
In this remarkable memoir, we follow Dr. Quinn’s seven-year journey across seven African countries and Indonesia, where he photographed each great ape species in its natural habitat. Using inspiring stories juxtaposed with stunning photographs, he illuminates the threats to great ape survival as well as the complexity of saving them. The result delivers an empathetic sense that these magnificent beings really are—strikingly so—just like us.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will fund the Wildlife ConserVet Education Program.
Docs4GreatApes is committed to improving the health of great ape populations, the communities that surround them, and the ecosystem we share, through education.