Of Bonobos and Men: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo

By Deni Bechard
Bonobos have captured the public imagination in recent years, due not least to their famously active sex lives. Less well known is the fact that these great apes don t kill their own kind, and that they share nearly 99% of our DNA. Their approach to building peaceful coalitions and sharing resources has much to teach us, particularly at a time when our violent ways have pushed them to the brink of extinction. Animated by a desire to understand bonobos and learn how to save them, acclaimed author Deni Ellis Bechard traveled into the Congo.
"Of Bonobos and Men" is the account of this journey. Along the way, we see how partnerships between Congolese and Westerners, with few resources but a common purpose and respect for indigenous knowledge, have resulted in the protection of vast swaths of the rainforest. And we discover how small solutionsfound through openness, humility, and the principle that poverty does not equal ignorance are often most effective in tackling our biggest challenges. Combining elements of travelogue, journalism, and natural history, this incomparably rich book takes the reader not only deep into the Congo, but also into our past and future, revealing new ways to save the environment and ourselves."


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Intelligent, engaged, astonishingly perceptive. Dinaw Mengestu A seed of hope in our time s garden of despair. Dale Peterson This adventure reveals not a heart of darkness but a rich world of light, shade, and imperiled life, a connection between the human and the great circle of being. James Engell"



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Publisher Milkweed Editions
Publish date 09/29/2015
Pages 368
ISBN-13 9781571313454
ISBN-10 1571313451
Language English

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