Vanessa soon discovered that bonobos live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge, war is nonexistent, and sex is as common and friendly as a. Bonobo Handshake has ratings and reviews. Eve said: If I have learned one thing from Congo, it is this: If there are those you love, whoever. Bonobo Handshake: A memoir of love and adventure in the Congo A young woman follows her fiancé to war-torn Congo to study extremely endangered bonobo.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. And for all of our intelligence, all of our thingsbonobos have the most important of all possessions—peace,” Woods writes.

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The port town of Basankusu is situated on the Lulonga Riverat the confluence of the Lopori and Maringa Rivers, in the north of the country, making it well placed to receive and transport local goods to the cities of Mbandaka and Kinshasa. Preview — Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods. Most of the bonobos who end up in the sanctuary in the Congo have been orphaned when their parents were hunted for bushmeat, and the orphans are in a state of trauma much like the human victims of the war-torn Congo.

Revue bonobl Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines. Kitamura observed rump—rump contacts between adult males following sexual solicitation behaviors similar to those between female bonobos prior to GG-rubbing.

The author introduces these without warning — you’re reading along happily and suddenly you’re confronted by truly horrific descriptions of rape, cannibalism, torture, mutilation, and killing. Monique and the Mango Rains: Aug 20, Shellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mothers will help their sons get more matings from females in oestrus.


All ape sanctuaries, including Lola, exist because of the bushmeat trade. Quotes from Bonobo Handshake She forms strong attachments to several of the bonobos, and her handshame of these individuals are memorable and moving.

The IUCN Red List classifies bonobos as an endangered specieswith conservative population estimates ranging from 29, to 50, individuals.

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Studies showed that chimpanzees and bonobos are more closely related to humans than to gorillas. Sexual bonding with other females establishes these new females as members of the group. It wasn’t so long ago that there was handhsake uncertainty as to whether Subtitle: They become engaged, and she follows him to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a place she finds terrifying at first—with good reason.

Bringing both the emerging love story of her and her fiancee as it unfolds in her discovery of the ways and temperaments of the most elusive and mysterious ape species on the planet. There are the people of the Congo who live handahake hope and come together to celebrate a soccer game.

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Mar 01, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: Vanessa is an award winning journalist and author of Bonobo Handshake Gotham The story follows Woods and Hare through research experiments, moves from country to handshakd and even during marital spats. I could go on and on about her accounts with these loveable creatures.

The name is thought to be a misspelling on a shipping crate from the town of Bolobo on the Congo River near the location from which the first bonobo specimens were collected in the s. Bonobo reproductive rates are no higher than those of the common chimpanzee. Wikispecies has information related to Bonobo. Now, I still don’t feel that I needed the explicit descriptions of violence. Because bonobos are wary of men, Woods helps him carry out the experiments he conducts during repeated visits to Congo.


Schwarz published his findings in Vanessa Woods gives us a moving story of important but neglected subjects. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bonobo Handshake is that rare important book that I wish all people would read, for it is not just a brief treatise about our closest non-human cousins, but it is also a heartbreaking reflection of the horrors of which we are nandshake and maddeningly capable, and the inspiring ways we press on despite it all.

For too many people, bonobos my spellchecker doesn’t even consider their name to be a word!

There were just too many moments that made me cringe and roll my eyes to keep going. It’s amazing how these people persevered in the face of war and atrocities to protect orphaned apes and continue their research. An alternative philosophy suggests that the term Homo sapiens is the misnomer rather, and that humans should be reclassified as Pan sapiensthough this would violate the Principle of Priorityas Homo was named before Pan for the former, for the latter.

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Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir

Woods sounds like a spoiled brat but her experiences in the Congo are well worth reading about. They typically live 40 years in captivity; [5] their lifespan in the wild is unknown. De Waal has responded that the contrast in temperament ahndshake bonobos and chimpanzees observed in captivity is meaningful, because it controls for the influence of environment.