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. Join her for for a fascinating glimpse into the world of one of our closest great ape relatives. Ms. Coxe is the co-founder and president of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, an organization whose revolutionary approach to conservation has already protected more than 13,000 square miles of rainforest and saved many bonobo lives.
Known as the “make love, not war” apes, bonobos were the last great ape to be discovered, and still remain little known to the world at large. Bonobos are distinguished by their peaceful, matriarchal society, their sexual nature, and their remarkable intelligence. Bonobos inhabit the heart of the Congo rainforest. Sadly, these magnificent great apes face extinction due to hunting and habitat destruction. Immediate action is needed to save the bonobos and their rainforest home, but traditional models of conservation may not be up to the task.
Working with Congolese partners, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is leading efforts to safeguard bonobos and the vital rainforest in which they live. Through cooperative conservation and sustainable community development programs, BCI is creating solutions that benefit bonobos and people alike. In this engaging, multimedia presentation, Ms. Coxe will share how protecting these peaceful, loving great apes can lead us all to a better future.
Date: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Mars Hill University, Broyhill Chapel (100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754)
This event is free and open to the public.