In September, The Bonobo Project hosted a pioneering event: The Bonobo Communications Workshop. Spearheaded by Bonobo Project founder Ashley Stone and moderated by Dr. Annette Lanjouw of the Arcus Foundation, the workshop aimed to raise awareness of bonobos in the US and to foster cooperation and communication among organizations and individuals dedicated to bonobos.The workshop attracted participants from a variety of disciplines, such as conservation, education, research, and media.
From the Field—
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI) are hard at work observing the Kokolopori bonobos, learning more about bonobo group interactions. We know that bonobo encounters tend to be far more peaceful than those of our other closest relatives, the chimpanzees, though not all bonobo interactions are uniformly positive. What sort of environment enables peaceful interactions, and what are the implications for human interactions?
Inspiring Conservation Through Art—
Charity Oetgen is a California-based artist and conservationist. Born and raised in a small Illinois town, she currently attends the Laguna College of Art and Design. Charity has found a unique and inspiring way to combine her love for the natural world, particularly bonobos and their environment, with her talent as an artist. She creates spectacular works of art, primarily paintings, that depict bonobos and the threats they face in the wild.