Born Hrlicka Zwordkin on the Caribbean island of Curacao, Wanger is said to have run away to sea at the age of seven, only to be turned back by the tempting smell of freshly baked oatmeal cookies at the house of a neighbor. He received a meager education from an aged uncle but on his own read Plutarch who inspired him with a thirst for biochemical research. By the age of 22, Wanger had become a fierce advocate of sexual reproduction. In 1982, he began publishing his theories in cheap pamphlet form. Among the more than seven hundred titles in his bibliography, the most notable include, "A Laymen's Guide to Scrotum Mechanics," and "Sonata for Penis & Flugelhorn." The recipient of many awards and honors for his work with great apes, Wanger lives in Iceland with his wife, Kiko, and his pet Schnoodle, Charley.