October Links: bonobo video, elephants not crossing, bushmeat interview

In September, we shared for the first time pages on the Internet that grasped our attention. Here are a few more. If you see anything online regarding okapis, bonobos or bushmeat, share with us !

  • This 18 minute video presentation by Susan Savage-Rumbaugh of the Great Ape Trust eluded us. It’s originally from February 2004 and shows what humans can teach bonobos (in a zoo). The famous bonobo playing pacman originates from her studies, as seen in the clip below :

The video comes from this page on Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED).

  • Over at Baraza blog (WildlifeDirect staff), they mention a report by Save the Elephant and Wildlife Conservation Society (my former employer) about the declining range of forest elephants. Of the 28 forest elephants tracked with GPS, only one dared cross a road. And she did so sprinting ! Read about the collapse of elephant range over at Baraza blog. WCS has a press realease that starts with Why didn’t the forest elephant cross the road ?, and Save the Elephants point to this Telegraph article on the subject.
  • Update from Vanessa at the bonobo sanctuary in Kinshasa: they have a new bonobo orphan. The photo on the header of this site was taken at the orphanage.
  • Unrelated to wildlife, author Michela Wrong wrote a piece in The Observer entitled “Our own dark secret that Congo reveals.” Good opinion piece by the journalist on the current events in Congo from a foreign policy perspective.
  • Last but not least, I was interviewed for Richard Leakey’s blog on bushmeat. I answered five tough questions, which might interest our readers as well.


  1. michael
    Posted 2008-11-03 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    the elefants are important seed dispersers.
    the logging industry will follow its victims into the grave. hope at least some parts of the roadless tl2 are sure places.

    very interesting: the high intelligence of bonobos

  2. Petie
    Posted 2008-11-04 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    News for one is business as usual for another. Mz Wrong is right. Thanks for the perspective.
    Enjoyed the bonobo video….very humbling.

  3. Terese
    Posted 2008-11-04 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, and M. Wrong’s book is an insightful and refreshing read….not full of the “here I am in an impossible place” that so many seem to depend on.

  4. Petie
    Posted 2008-11-04 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to reading it….

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