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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Many studies indicate that females have a higher social status in bonobo society. Aug 20, Shellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quotes from Bonobo Handshake So, okay, she’s not Hemingway And she eventually becomes a research scientist in her own right. The issue of parks versus people [83] is salient in the Cuvette Centrale the bonobos’ range. If you go to the website, you can see how adorable some of the “characters” from her book really are.

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If you handshaks about animals, bonobos or chimps, and aren’t bothered by the mention of penis and clitoris repeatedly, you will enjoy this book, and probably learn something about African politics.

Woods, a journalist, was just along for the ride at first but she was quickly drafted as research assistant to Hare when it turned out that the bonobos trusted only women.

In Vanessa Woods accepted a marriage proposal from a man she barely knew and agreed to join him on a research trip to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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More than sixty orphans live in a seventy-five-acre forest just outside of Hndshake I really enjoyed this book, although there are some tough parts, showing the worst of man and animal. Vanessa and her fiance are doing comparison testing with chimps and bonobos, to see how they react to different situations. There still is controversy, however. Most ground locomotion is characterized by quadrupedal knuckle walking. It is part memoir and part history lesson.


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More often than the males, female bonobos engage in mutual genital behavior, possibly to bond socially with each other, thus forming a female nucleus of bonobo society. I still don’t think I really understand the tribal warfare within countries and that some countries are more sympathetic to one tribe or another depending on which tribe is in power in the particular country. With Basankusu being the last port of substance before the wilderness of the Lopori Basin and the Lomako River—the bonobo heartland—conservation efforts for the bonobo [86] use the town as a base.

I have laughed and cried while reading this book.

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Ethologist Jonathan Balcombe stated that female bonobos rub their clitorises together rapidly for ten to twenty seconds, and this behavior, “which may be repeated in rapid succession, is usually accompanied by grinding, shrieking, and clitoral engorgement”; he added that it is estimated that they engage in this practice “about once every two hours” on average.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. There is the conclusion of the research that one of the main reasons why humans developed was their tolerance which leads to cooperation. Yet their tolerant, playful, loving nature shines through. Courageous and extraordinary, this true story of revelation and transformation in a fragile corner of Africa is about looking past the differences between animals and ourselves, and finding in them the same extraordinary courage and will to survive.


If a young male attempts to use his size and physical prowess to bully his way to the top of the hierarchy, five or more adult women will, without warning, issue a “rebuke”, which is a euphemism for violent assault. German anatomist Ernst Schwarz is credited with being the first Westerner to recognise the bonobo as being distinctive, inbased on his analysis of a skull in the Tervuren museum in Belgium that previously had been thought to have belonged to a juvenile chimpanzee.

These apes share Avery; Reprint edition June 7, Language: There are a number of things I enjoyed about this book. They are afraid of doors. Sexual activity generally plays a major role in bonobo society, being used as what some scientists perceive as a greetinga means of forming social bonds, a means of conflict resolutionand postconflict reconciliation.

A community of approximately will split into small groups during the day while looking for food, and then will come back together to sleep. Despite their peaceful nature, they can still be mean or jealous or violent. Adult female bonobos are somewhat smaller than adult males.

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She is not concerned with personal redemption, and focuses on her love of the animals and their story. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Evolution is a journey. Resist their squirming and impatience and uncomfrtable laughter and just feel their hearts throbbing against yours and give thanks that for this moment, for this one precious moment, they handsuake here.