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Bonobo Handshake [Read] ➵ Bonobo Handshake By Vanessa Woods – Vanessa Woods Australian scientist and author thought she had found her true love chimpanzees But in a reckless moment she accepts a marriage proposal from a man she barely knows – and agrees to joi Vanessa Woods Australian scientist and author thought she had found her true love chimpanzees But in a reckless moment she accepts a marriage proposal from a man she barely knows – and agrees to join him on a research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo All she’s sure of is that they will be studying bonobos an extremely endangered species of ape with whom humans share % of our DNAAs she adjusts to newlywed life in a war torn country Vanessa finds herself enchanted by these remarkable animals They live in a peaceful society in which females are in charge war is nonexistent and sex is as common and friendly as a handshake She came to study their habits and habitat but soon learns much they teach her about love and belonging about building a home and about what makes us human.

About the Author: Vanessa Woods

Bonobo Handshake Gotham She has written three children’s books; It’s True There Are Bugs In Your Bed It’s True Space Turns You Into Spaghetti and It’s True Pirates Ate Rats It’s True Space Turns You Into Spaghetti won the Acclaimed Book award from the Royal Society UKVanessa is an internationally published journalist and has written for various publications including the Discovery Channel BBC Wildlife New Scientist and Travel Africa In Vanessa won the Australasian Science award for journalismVanessa is currently a Research Scientist at Duke University and studies the cognitive development chimpanzees and bonobos at sanctuaries in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of CongoVanessa is on the Board of Directors for.

10 thoughts on “Bonobo Handshake

  1. Idarah Idarah says:

    If I have learned one thing from Congo it is this If there are those you love whoever or wherever they are hold them Find them and hold them as tightly as you can Resist their suirming and impatience and uncomfortable laughter and just feel their hearts throbbing against yours and give thanks that for this moment for this one precious moment they are hereThey are with you And they know they are utterly completely entirely Loved – Vanessa Woods I go bananas for apes so it's no surprise that I fell in love with this book Woods stumbles into the world of Bonobos accidently when she meets her husband Brian Bonobos live in the the shadow of their close cousins the chimpanzees and can only be found in the jungles of Congo Their peaceful and accepting way of life is worthy of emmulation especially in a country where violence war and death are a way of life LOLA YA BONOBO is the only bonobo sanctuary in the world More than sixty orphans live in a seventy five acre forest just outside of KinshasaAll ape sanctuaries including Lola exist because of the bushmeat trade In many African countries where livestock is scarce and expensive the easiest way to get protein is to shoot it While Woods assists her husband with his psychology study and tests of the Bonobos at LOLA she finds herself immersed in the stories of the sanctuary staff the adult Bonobos and the orphans that keep streaming in after being rescued from wildlife traders It's a heartbreaking read at times but I loved how Woods made the story as light hearted as she could She invites the reader into her marriage and heart and I am so grateful for the awareness that this book raises about the plight of this loving primate I feel motivated to get my ape on once again I'll have to scour my shelves for another book about apes because their world is one I love to lose myself in

  2. Saleh MoonWalker Saleh MoonWalker says:

    Onvan Bonobo Handshake A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo Nevisande Vanessa Woods ISBN 1592405460 ISBN13 9781592405466 Dar 278 Safhe Saal e Chap 2010

  3. else fine else fine says:

    When I picked this book up out of a pile of Advance Reading Copies I had only a vague idea of what a Bonobo was and an even vaguer grasp of what was happening in Congo I'd heard plenty of news reports about atrocities but I'm sorry to admit the who and the why confused me Vanessa Woods not only introduces us to the social lives of the Bonobos in a way that will melt the heart of the crankiest reader but also provides an effortless synopsis of modern Congolese history for those of us who needed to be brought up to speed She's also got a sense of humor that veers between saltiness and pure slapstick so lest you think you're in for some tofu munching holier than thou delicate forest creature think again Woods is a delightfully earthy guide to this corner of the world Highly recommended

  4. Mark Mark says:

    This is a very important book For too many people bonobos my spellchecker doesn't even consider their name to be a word are the least known member of the great primate family often considered to be no than pygmy chimps They aren't they're a separate species but like chimps share some 976 of their genes with humans The trick is as Wood's and her husband's research attempts to discover is What Is the Difference because there are many Bonobos are considered the most erotic of the great primates if only because their matrilineal culture uses sex not as a reward nor something to be withheld as punishment but as greeting as affirmation as a general feel good pacifier Woods and her husband Brian Hare work on discovering why bonobos will work together in cooperation while humans and chimps predominately compete with each other make war and can show disgusting tendencies toward bullying and outright savagery Yet bonobos exist as a differential doppelganger making love not war and living in such a way as that the emotions they live with are enough to bring them to die of loneliness if separated from their kinWoods 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 The book also functions as an educational tool for those of us in the West who never paid much attention to the years of violence and obscene warfare that has rent Congo for the past fifty years or so most especially the HutuTutsi wars nearly ever present since the late 1980s It's uite a revelatory document and yet despite the narrative of the difficulties of the early struggles of their marriage and the historical narrative Woods shows us like Goodall and Fossey that the great primates beside ourselves have still got much much to teach us regarding who we are as a species and who we are in relation to all our inter species others as planetary beings Read it You might look at life and our society a bit differently before you get through

  5. Adrienne Drobnies Adrienne Drobnies says:

    At first I thought this book was an Eat Pray Love with apes and genocide but as I got into it I found it was much interesting than that in its depiction of the bonobo orphanage the study of bonobo behaviour and the description of the tragic events in the DRC including the impact of those events on individuals Woods came to know thereSome of the most moving parts of the book are about the bonobo bonobo and bonobo people interactions though it can veer at times into the sentimental Bonobos and humans are so alike in many ways but I felt the temptation to directly and uncritically project our own experience onto to theirs was sometimes too great for Woods to resistThe way she dealt with her own experience sometimes seemed facile and lacking much insight in the gender dynamics of her own relationship There is a good bibliography and Woods had done a good job of giving credit to other researchers and journalistsauthors

  6. Ashley V Ashley V says:

    I liked this book for the most part Before having read it I didn't really even know that bonobos exist which is unfortunate because they are such fascinating creatures I really enjoyed how the author described the bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo as having very distinct personalities gay fashionista tomboy princess goddess etc Animals of a particular species often get lumped together as being pretty much the same as far as demeanor goes but this really showed that they differ just as much as people do A few times I actually got confused as to whether the author was talking about a bonobo or a person that's how similar we areI did enjoy learning a little bit about the political history and wars of the Congo I was generally aware of the conflict but I had no idea to what extent to brutality reached There are some very disturbing descriptions as to some of the violence occuring in the area such as female genital mutilation It's really not for the sueamish but I'm glad it was included It's part of the history of the Congo and I'd rather have the whole picture than just gloss over the less enjoyable bitsOne thing I absolutely HATED and this is a little bit silly is that her husband calls her Skippy I would smack my significant other if they called me something like that To me it just sounds a bit patronizing like something you'd call a little naive kid That's just a preference thing though It doesn't really have anything to do with the book I just rolled my eyes every time I saw itMy only criticism is that on occasion the book seems fairly repetitive and I found myself skimming a little bit over parts that I thought had already been adeuately discussed

  7. Ruth Seeley Ruth Seeley says:

    Vanessa Woods is uite a good writer there's no awkwardness of phrasing here no need to turn back pages to try to figure out what she's talking about As a long time fan of the primatologist women like Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey and having learned a lot about chimp behaviour from reading William Boyd's Brazzaville Beach I was interested in learning about bonobosSadly you won't learn an awful lot about bonobos by reading this book you'll learn a bit just not as much as you might hope to What you will learn a lot about is Vanessa Woods her insecurities her lack of self esteem and her relationship with her husband This really strikes me as creative non fiction run amok Her resentment at having to do the experiments for her husband because bonobos in general prefer female humans and are mistrustful of males just seems so very odd she's being fed and housed as a result of her husband's work he's the one who's succeeded in getting the grants to carry out his research she doesn't cook or clean and yet being asked to work is out of line? Perhaps there's something I don't uite get about the Aussie sense of humourHowever it is rather heartwarming when Vanessa finally designs an experiment of her own and becomes engaged in studying bonobo behaviour Honestly I'd suggest people read Sara Gruen's Ape House rather than Bonobo Handshake Woods in blurbing the novel generously states that Gruen's done for bonobos than she ever will and I suspect she's right Either that or use Bonobo Handshake for its bibliography

  8. Rossdavidh Rossdavidh says:

    Subtitle A memoir of love and adventure in the Congo To hear Vanessa Woods tell it she is a bit flighty unserious and overemotional For the first few chapters I appreciated her realistic self appraisal By the time I reached the end of the book though I am of the opinion that she's a deeper thinker than she lets on at first In case you haven't heard bonobos are the second chimp with humans being the third It wasn't so long ago that there was some uncertainty as to whether or not they even were a distinct species rather than a regional variety of chimpanzee found in the Congo But they have been catapulted out of obscurity in the last couple decades and Woods is one of the first generation of researchers to study them They are or less eually closely related to us as are chimpanzees otherwise our closest living relatives But it turns out they are very different from chimpanzees and humans and also very similar The exact ways in which they are each are what make them fascinating for Woods and us The shorthand description for bonobos is that they use sex like chimpanzees use violence This is not to say that bonobos are never violent or for that matter that chimpanzees never have sex but the most common way for bonobos to deal with the many social frictions that any social animal with a big brain has is to have sex about it This includes between two females between two males between the very young pre pubescent and adults you name it Where chimpanzees use either violence or dominance displays that hint at it to resolve disputes bonobos use intimate physical contact of one sort or another This isn't always about attempts at procreation obviously; it is the handshake of the book's title Woods describes two adult females engaging in ecstatic displays of celebration ending in apparent orgasm at the sight that she has brought apples for them apparently bonobos really like apples As another young female biologist and writer Olivia Judson has pointed out modern science is generally much willing to talk about violence than sex The closely related the species is to humans the bigger the reticence This is a bit odd because sex is directly related to Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection and even that Victorian grandee was willing to discuss sexual selection and the idea that it was not only violent competition with other males but also nonviolent competitive displays for females that drove selection pressures Other scientists were slow to acknowledge Darwin's ideas on sexual selection however and even simple ideas like the existence of homosexual behavior among non humans has been only slowly accepted in recent decades Woods it is apparent from the get go of this book has no such mental block Not that she is able to avoid talking about violence as well Woods is clearly far from oblivious to the rest of Congo outside of the bonobo sanctuary where most of the book takes place She not only gives a vivid description of the tragic recent history of the nation including first person accounts from several of her co workers at the sanctuary but also ties it back to the sources of it Think you're not one of them? She draws out clearly how First World purchases of cell phones to take one example helped to fuel and fund savage ethnocidal warfare for control of the mineral resources in Congo's interior She also does a good job of drawing parallels between bonobo and chimpanzee behavior and human euivalents helped in part by the fact that she learned about bonobos when still in a new relationship with her then fiance now husband Brian Hare She and Hare explored how bonobos cooperate relative to chimpanzees and found that while the trick with chimpanzees was getting them to cooperate the trick with bonobos was finding a case when they didn't Take a bonobo to a room with fruit in it passing by a window where they can see another bonobo unrelated who they have never seen before locked out of that same room and they will go let that bonobo in before the two of them approach the fruit together and share The first bonobo won't do this unless they see another bonobo locked out so it's not a compulsive door opening behavior; it's the first well attested case of altruistic behavior towards unrelated and unknown others with the possible exception of humans It's almost too easy to caricature the bonobos as free love flower children and Woods does make sure to tell us a few times about the way in which they maintain this social structure If a young male attempts to use his size and physical prowess to bully his way to the top of the hierarchy five or adult women will without warning issue a rebuke which is a euphemism for violent assault Even the largest single male cannot fend off five or females at once and it is this behavior which reuires forethought planning and trust among the females that prevents any genetic reward in increased access to food or breeding opportunities for violent behavior by dominant males It is not how we handle things among humans exactly and the discussion of human behavior whether among the Congolese or among western researchers such as herself does not explicitly draw this contrast but it is clear enough The challenge for us in examining both bonobo and chimpanzee behavior is probably not how to learn lessons for humanity but how to avoid leaping too uickly to draw conclusions Woods does a creditable job of introducing us to the topic without telling us what we should think about human behavior as a result but it's clear that there is a lot for biologists and the rest of us to absorb Jane Goodall has pointed out that it was only after decades of observation that she was able to paint an accurate picture of chimpanzee society complete with inter group conflict and the rest It will likely take researchers like Woods as long to give us a balanced portrait of bonobos Let's hope that we can keep them alive preferably in the wild long enough to give them a chance to do it

  9. Betty Betty says:

    I first learned about bonobos in Sara Gruen's Ape House which was a great book because of how she portrayed the bonobos selfless almost human creatures I heard about this book when I saw that the author was coming to the college to speak Bonobo Handshake is a wonderful story about love war and hope Vanessa Woods writing was easy funny and informative The information she provided about Congo will haunt me forever I can't pick up my cell phone without thinking of the lives that were lost to provide the technology for it The violence against women is especially shocking to me Some of the stories are just too much to even write about But that is why this book works Woods tells you the horrors of the war in Congo She talks to people that lived through the wars and yet despite the horror they are hopeful for a future with peace Which leads to the bonobos These peaceful unknown apes that are living through the wars in the Congo as well These apes share 987% of our DNA I could go on and on about her accounts with these loveable creatures If you go to the website you can see how adorable some of the characters from her book really are And since I have babbled you'll just have to read the book to find out what the bonobo handshake is Note I don't usually do reviews I did this really fast between breaks at work so if it doesn't makes sense sorry P

  10. Calzean Calzean says:

    I was surprised by this book There are many parts of it that make a wholeThere is the story of Vanessa and her husband undertaking research on Bonobos and ChimpsThere is their uest on why humans developed the way to doThere are the animals themselves with their different behaviours personalities and preferencesThere is the story of the Democratic Republic of Congo the various and recent wars and genocide which have gone mainly forgottenThere are the people of the Congo who live in hope and come together to celebrate a soccer gameThere are the hunters and poachers who hunt animals for profitThere are Presidents potential Presidents and their cohortsThere are the dedicated people who have established and maintain sanctuaries to provide homes for orphaned Bonobos and Chimps and where possible return to the wildThere is the conclusion of the research that one of the main reasons why humans developed was their tolerance which leads to cooperationThere is also Woods writing which at time is humorous sad deep and meaningful very personnel and reflective She has a clear and lucid style which makes the book very readable

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