Bonobo Handshake

Bonobo Handshake

A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

Book - 2010
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Traces how a Discovery Channel writer and her scientist fiancé settled in a Bonobo sanctuary in war-torn Congo, where their research enabled greater understanding of the characteristics and largely peaceful culture of the rare ape that shares 98.7 percent of human DNA.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Gotham Books, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781592405466
Branch Call Number: 599.884 W868
Characteristics: 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm


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Aug 18, 2014

This is one of those books that everyone one should read.
You learn so much about the Bonobos, the Congo and about people themselves.
I am in awe of the survivors in this book, having gone through so much and still being able to get through, especially the young rescued Bonobos!
Lola ya Bonobo does such great work, and it is the only Bonobo sanctuary in the world. It rescues, rehabilitates and re-releases Bonobos into the wild.

How is it that the most peaceful of apes, lives in one of the most dangerous countries? Warlords and mineral exploitation (some of these minerals are used in cell phones and computers) all within the Congo.

ChristchurchLib Mar 19, 2013

"In 2005, Australian science writer Vanessa Woods and her fiancé, scientist Brian Hare, decided to devote themselves to researching bonobos, which resemble chimpanzees and share 98.7 percent of human DNA. Woods and Hare moved to the only bonobo sanctuary in the world - in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo - and there they learned a great deal about bonobo behavior while strengthening their own relationship, too." March 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

Neptune1020 Jun 20, 2012

An interesting introduction to the world of a lesser-known ape, the bonobo. The parallels between the trauma bonobos have endured at the hands of humans and the trauma humans have endured at the hands of one another (ie the Rwandan genocide). I would have preferred to learn more about bonobos themselves, but for what it was, the book was interesting.

May 11, 2012

Touching story about the bonobos in Congo.

mariekirby Oct 03, 2011

Fantastic. Good writing and very interesting topic. learned a lot about bonobos and the Congo.

m2 Aug 08, 2011

Terrific book about the amazing cousin to Chimpanzees... some of whom you can see at the Milwaukee Public Zoo. Join the group of people who care about this most rare Last Ape.

Jun 01, 2011

Though her style seemed a bit jerky at first, she is well worth staying with. The book is a passionate look at our nearest kin, who have so much to teach us about sharing, tolerance,and acceptance. Delves into interesting background info on Congo's political history that highlights the bonobos precarious position. Well woven together, you get to know them all. By the end she had me crying.


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