Once one of the least studied of the great apes, this new text covers the latest research into these fascinating creatures. Split into two parts, it covers scientific research, which has attempted to answer why bonobos have some unique characteristics such as high social status of females and flexible social relationships. Then, it moves on to conservation. Both the local and global aspects of the factors threatening the wild bonobo population are reviewed.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 327
Weight: 754 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
Edition: 2008 ed.
From the reviews:
"This volume ... focuses on the lesser-known species of chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, commonly known as the bonobo or the pygmy chimpanzee. ... provides a comprehensive, current perspective on the behavior and ecology of both captive and wild bonobos, as well as the major threats facing their survival. ... This work is thus a welcome and important contribution to the primate literature. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty." (L. Swedell, Choice, Vol. 46 (2), October, 2008)
"Highlights of this book are the number of Congolese scientists and researchers ... recognise that many people interested in the results might not have English as their first (second or even third) language. ... The papers are excellent and interesting ... . to those working with counting apes elsewhere. ... All in all, the book has vital data, good use of analytical techniques and novel discussions of the conservation prospects of the `last chimpanzee', all of which make it well worth owning ... ." (P. C. Lee, Primate Eye, August, 2009)
"The Bonobos, edited by Takeshi Furuichi and Jo Thompson, consists of information presented in two symposia held at the 2006 International Primatological Society Congress in Uganda. ... The main thrust of the book is the updating of field studies and new data on conservation. ... The Bonobos is a welcome update on the state of bonobo research, particularly in the post-war environment of Central Congo." (Randall L. Susman, Primates, Vol. 50, 2009)
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