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Nancy Merrick; Author and Conservationist


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We need a groundswell of interest in saving biodiversity if we’re going to save man’s closest relatives.”

Nancy Merrick, National Geographic Book Talk August 5, 2015


“Author and conservationist Nancy Merrick first fell under the spell of chimpanzees in the 1970s, when she worked at Jane Goodall’s legendary Gombe Stream Research Centre….In 2008, she took her children back to Africa to discover that forests had been destroyed and the number of chimps had shrunk dramatically. Her new book, Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives, is both a clarion call for action and a tender evocation of the emotional lives of man’s closest relative.”    –    Simon Worrall, National Geographic

Since its publication, Nancy Merrick’s book has been drawing attention, heralding the fact that chimpanzees are rapidly disappearing, and that now is the critical time to change course. Based on her experiences with sanctuaries and field research in East Africa, Merrick is giving voice to the quickly changing landscape, and helping us understand what we can and must do to make change. Through interviews and lectures, and on public, private, and academic stages, she reminds us that all of our actions have consequences that can affect even the distant chimpanzee forests of Africa.

Merrick combines science and story-telling throughout her inspirational hour-long presentation.  Using multimedia, she shows audiences why chimpanzees are so worth saving. The audience learns why chimps are disappearing and about amazing new technologies that are offering hope in a way never before possible.  Her talks conclude with description of accessible and meaningful ways in which all of us can create change and become voices for chimpanzees.

“Chimpanzees are now extinct in four African countries and severely threatened in ten others. But I don’t think people have any inkling of what fascinating and complex creatures they are.  It is incumbent on us to educate people so that we have a chance of saving them.”  –  Nancy Merrick, MD, MSPH

The New York Times has called her work “sobering and cleareyed…part memoir, part travelogue and part clarion call to action.”



Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives.  Learn why chimpanzees are so worth saving, new pressures that are endangering them, and how we can and must create change.  Merrick, a lifelong colleague of Dr. Jane Goodall, also describes her mentor’s continuing work to save chimpanzees.

Chimpanzees in the Anthropocene: Chimpanzees are endangered in today’s world, but those at most risk are the thousands co-existing with Africa’s growing human populations.  Learn how our closest relatives are resiliently surviving as their forests are converted to farmland, based on the latest reports from field research.

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September 18, 2015–Oakland Zoo, Oakland CA; Conservation Speaker Series: Creating Hope for Chimpanzees;

September 23, 2015–Regents Point Retirement Community, Irvine, CA: Among Chimpanzees.

August 5, 2015–National Geographic Book Talk with Simon Worrall: Online Interview.

April 22, 2015–San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Seminar Series. Beckman Institute for Conservation Research Center

September 29, 2014–New York Times Science Section: Review of Among Chimpanzees, September by Emily Anthes.

August 2014–Sierra Club’s Green Life: Rethinking What It Means to Be Human: Q&A with Author and Chimp Advocate Nancy J. Merrick. (at

July 14, 2015–Beacon Broadside: Happy 55th Anniversary, Jane.

May 9, 2015–Radio Interview with KVTA host Lyn Fairly

November 6, 2014–Science Speaker Series. Discovery Center for Science and Technology: Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Man’s Endangered Relatives, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center..

May 3, 2015 — Fundraiser for Save the Chimps chimpanzee sanctuary, Fort Pierce, FL

March 18,2015 –Videoconference with students in “Visualizing the Environment for Conservation”class at Duke University, Instructors: Erin Espelie and Dr. Anne Pusey

Other radio interviews have included the Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio, and KCLU Public Radio interview with Lance Orozco,November 6, 2014.

Numerous lectures have included community groups like Audubon Society and Sierra Club, All Saints Church in Pasadena, San Diego State University Writer’s Conference, a number of library speaker series, and others.

Book signings and talks have included Stanford University, Book Passage in Corte Madera, Wildlife Conservation Network Expo, Bank of Books in Malibu and Ventura, Little Town Club Book Discussion, and numerous other venues.

Dr. Josephine Braun and Nancy Merrick at Beckman Institute

Dr. Josephine Braun and Nancy Merrick at Beckman Institute


Dr. Nancy Merrick is a dynamic speaker …

-Her content is organized and riveting
-Her visuals are clear and engaging
-She speaks with passion from her heart and from primary experience

Our audience ranged from teens to seniors and everyone was captivated with her delivery.

It is difficult for someone to leave Dr. Merrick’s presentation without wanting to make a difference for the chimps, our endangered relatives!

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology was very proud to have her in our program.

Dr. Linda M. Organ
Founder; Director of Education
600 Hampshire Road, Suite 140
Westlake Village, California 91361

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