The bonobo is man’s closest primate relative, sharing almost 99% of the same DNA. Yet little is known about this amazing fourth Great Ape. The traffic in ‘bushmeat’ in the DR Congo, the only place the bonobo can be found, is one factor that has decimated the population. But hope is at hand as Friends of the Bonobo have created a sanctuary, including release into the wild of orphaned bonobos, in conjunction with a local tribe. It’s an inspiring story and there are opportunities to support the Po people via this project, who in turn have promised to protect the bonobo, at the website below. “We will protect the bonobo” say the Po people, “and the bonobo will save us”. Let’s help make that a reality.
No bonobo has ever been known to kill another bonobo. We have a lot to learn from these loving creatures, yet research shows most humans have never heard of them.
Take a minute to visit the site – it’s very inspiring.
People of the Surma and Mursi tribes in Southern Ethiopia – Photos by Hans Silvester
The beautiful guitar music, coupled with these stunning photographs, make this my YouTube pick of the week. Absolutely breathtaking. – JTL
David Attenborough visits with the Dogon tribe in West Africa in the 1970s. He explores the ritual significance of masks and sculptures to this unique tribe, which claims to have descended from the people of the Dog Star (Sirius).