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Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    Getting closer

    My 9 year old son and I are fascinated and intrigued by Bonobos. There closeness to us can not only be realized in their faces, bodies motions, and actions, but in their social relations and care for one another. Even more so then in the chimp, gorila and other primates, the 'Fourth great' ape is really our 'first' great relation, and this book is an amazingly beautiful trip into the private and seemingly 'less popularized' world of our gentle brothers and sisters. The differences that set the bonobo apart from other primates are many and those differences connect us more to their world. Aside from their tremendous sexual appetitite, 'actual' female dominance, love of play and closeness of their family unit, these 'little people' of the forest will enlighten you,inspire you and have you wondering why you didn't know of them sooner. The photographs by Fran Lanting are rich and filled with dark colors, due to the challenging act of taken photos in the rich tropical forest where the 'light level is so low, with harsh highlights and deeep shadows...' Because of this the photographs have an intimate look and they draw you in and make you feel like you are a part of the bonobo's spectular nuturing and protecting home. The text of this book is broken up into non-dry and simply written scientific facts, peppered with interviews that break up the text of the writer and provide us with deeper knowledge and wisdom straight from such sources as the brillant Japanese researcher Takayoshi Kano. The differences between Japanese and western research was a side note that alone was worth the read of the book. In a time when Gorillas and Chimps, get much of the public attention and spotlight, the bonobo goes mostly unoticed, which in many ways my son and I felt good about. The selfish contradiction always exists that maybe they will not get exploited if left 'un-advertised', but then again people have to know and learn about a very close relative that is so very connected to our hearts and minds and must be protected at all costs. The experience of this book may change the way you look at yourself and humankind for the rest of your life. I know that it has brought my son and I into an amazing area of understanding and enlightment about the world we live and who we share it with. I can't recommend this book enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000


    This is a very special book...a rare gem...The photographs are unspeakably revealing - intimate - beautiful...I came to care about these endangered, intelligent primates, as a result of living with this book. I've given several copies to friends and highly recommend it to anyone with a heart, soul, brain or an eye for true beauty.

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