Peace, Love, Books…and Bonobos!—
Washington, DC area events scheduled for February 15th and 16th
On Valentine’s Day weekend, hear tales of adventure from the heart of the Congo rainforest and enter the fascinating world of the bonobo. On Saturday, award-winning author Deni Béchard reads from his new book, Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos and Make Conservation Go Viral at Politics and Prose. On Sunday, Deni will be joined by Sally Jewell Coxe and Michael Hurley, of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, at Busboys and Poets (5th & K Location). Sally and Michael will share their stories in a lively multimedia presentation.
Gardeners and Guardians of the Rainforest—
We’ve long known that bonobos are key to understanding ourselves, but a new study affirms they’re also a keystone species for the Congo Basin. By transporting seeds around the forest and improving their viability, bonobos foster diversity that’s crucial to the health of the ecosystem. That’s not hyperbole: According to the study’s authors, many plant species rely primarily on bonobos for reproduction. The bonobo can be considered “a gardener of the Congo forests,” they suggest.
BCI President to Speak at Mars Hill University—
BCI president and Asheville, NC native Sally Jewell Coxe will be presenting a talk entitled “Peace, Love, and Bonobos: How a Great Ape Can Lead Us to a Better World” at Mars Hill University, on Wednesday, November 20.