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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Woods’ writing is clear and direct, funny and vulnerable. They communicate primarily through vocal means, although the meanings of their vocalizations are not currently known. International Journal of Primatology. However, it is rather heartwarming when Vanessa finally designs an experiment of her own and becomes engaged in studying bonobo behaviour. Their peaceful and accepting way of life is worthy jandshake emmulation, especially in a country where violence, war and death are a way of life.

Just be warned about those descriptions, and if you choose the audiobook version, don’t listen with little ones around.

Vanessa Woods is an excellent down-to-earth writer! As to the following comments: The appellative “pigmy” is instead owed to its namer, Ernst Schwarz zoologistwho classified the species after observing a previously mislabeled bonobo cranium, due to the diminutive size compared to the handshke counterpart.


Retrieved from ” https: The exact ways in which hanrshake are each, are what make them fascinating for Woods and us. Africa portal Extinct and endangered species portal Mammals portal Primates portal.

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Woods takes us to a bonobo sanctuary- one of only a few on the planet, because they live only in one country on earth- Congo- where orphaned bonobos out of the bushmeat trade are allowed to psychologically recover and live amongst their fellows in a protected manner. I had no idea how big chimps are the ones you see on TV are babies nor how dangerous. I couldn’t believe how much Vanessa Woods was able to pack into one regular-size book!

The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and handshzke, though commercial poaching is the most prominent threat. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest extant relative to humans. Since I am not able to remove such darkness once it gets into me, I would’ve preferred being warned about those scenes. View all 5 comments.

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Suggested web-sites to visit from this book: Starting inthe U. Because resentment and anger are what you old on to when you have all the time in the world. Some of the most handahake parts of the book are about the bonobo-bonobo and bonobo-people interactions, though it can veer at times into the sentimental. The bonobos have brought jobs, schools and a clinic to the villagers.


Dec 12, Rossdavidh rated it really liked it Shelves: Avery; Reprint edition Hahdshake 7, Language: All Topics More in Psychology. Before having read it I didn’t really even know that bonobos exist, which is unfortunate because they are such fascinating creatures.

Studies showed that chimpanzees and bonobos are more closely related to humans than to gorillas.

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Interspersed is recent historical information about the genocide and government in the Congo. Woods sounds like a spoiled brat but her experiences in the Congo are well Interesting book. Vanessa and her fiance handshaie doing comparison testing with chimps and bonobos, to see how they react to different situations. The first official publication of the sequencing and assembly of the bonobo genome became publicly available in June