Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 478
Robert Sapolsky is the author. He lived with a troop of baboons on the Serengeti on and off for twenty years, studying their emotional responses to stress and how it caused physical changes. He was very interested in studying gorillas as a child but made the switch to baboons because they were more suited to his research. He becomes very invested with his original troop and is angry and devastated when they're killed in the tuberculosis plague.
Lisa Sapolsky is Robert's wife. She originally studied marine biology but moved into clinical neuropsychology. She's kind, funny, and adept at living in Africa during their times there. Her presence encourages the local community to visit camp more.
Benjamin Sapolsky is Robert and Lisa's son.
Rachel Sapolsky is Robert and Lisa's daughter.
Rhoda is the daughter of a woman who was kidnapped by the Masai tribe. She modernizes the Masai tribe to some extent by communicating with the outside world. She speaks Maa, Swahili, and some English. Sapolsky says Rhoda was his first friend with the Masai.
Serere is a man in the Masai tribe who steals money from Rhoda. He doesn't seem phased by his crime and seems to feel that the money is his right. Rhoda hits him with a log.
Jeremiah is a lorry driver that helps Sapolsky get around.
Pius is the leader of a gang who comes from Eldorat. He takes Sapolsky captive and doesn't let him leave. Sapolsky only escapes because Pius becomes drunk and sick. He's young, tall, thin, and dresses in "an absolutely ludicrous pair of bright red six-inch platform shoes."
Richard is a research assistant. He comes from an agricultural tribe that lives to the north of the Masai. He's an emotional person who is bubbly and tends to copy the mannerisms of the people he meets. He and...
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