The Bonobos

Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

  • Takeshi Furuichi
  • Jo Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Behavioral Study Section

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-18
    2. Takeshi Furuichi, Jo Thompson
      Pages 1-8
    3. Jeroen M.G. Stevens, Hilde Vervaecke, Linda Van Elsacker
      Pages 19-38
    4. Tommaso Paoli, Elisabetta Palagi
      Pages 39-54
    5. Elisabetta Palagi, Tommaso Paoli
      Pages 55-74
    6. Amy S. Pollick, Annette Jeneson, Frans B. M. de Waal
      Pages 75-94
  3. Ecological Study Section

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-105
    2. Chie Hashimoto, Yasuko Tashiro, Emi Hibino, Mbangi Mulavwa, Kumugo Yangozene, Takeshi Furuichi et al.
      Pages 107-119
    3. Mbangi Mulavwa, Takeshi Furuichi, Kumugo Yangozene, Mikwaya Yamba-Yamba, Balemba Motema-Salo, Gen’ichi Idani et al.
      Pages 121-134
    4. Takeshi Furuichi, Mbangi Mulavwa, Kumugo Yangozene, Mikwaya Yamba-Yamba, Balemba Motema-Salo, Gen’ichi Idani et al.
      Pages 135-149
    5. Gay Edwards Reinartz, Patrick Guislain, T. D. Mboyo Bolinga, Edmond Isomana, Bila-Isia Inogwabini, Ndouzo Bokomo et al.
      Pages 167-188
  4. Conservation Study Section

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-226
    2. Jo Myers Thompson, Lubuta Mbokoso Nestor, Richard Bovundja Kabanda
      Pages 227-244
    3. John A. Hart, Falk Grossmann, Ashley Vosper, Jose Ilanga
      Pages 245-271
    4. Bila-Isia Inogwabini, Matungila Bewa, Mbende Longwango, Mbenzo Abokome, Miezi Vuvu
      Pages 273-290
    5. Gen’ichi Idani, Ndunda Mwanza, Hiroshi Ihobe, Chie Hashimoto, Yasuko Tashiro, Takeshi Furuichi
      Pages 291-302
    6. Claudine André, Crispin Kamate, Pierrot Mbonzo, Dominique Morel, Brian Hare
      Pages 303-322
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-327

About this book


The Bonobos: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation provides a succinct yet comprehensive review of the current state of research and conservation efforts regarding the bonobos. The bonobos are one of the least known of the great apes although they are one of our closest living relatives, sharing 98.8% of DNA sequences. This text summarizes and analyses scientific research on the bonobos, as well as presents the most up-to-date findings from the field and captive studies. Further, the text presents compelling findings and solid population assessments for estimating wild population density and distribution.

The first section of the book presents research progress in the study of behavior of captive bonobos. These behavioral studies make important strides in our understanding of bonobo social relationships, agonistic dominance, social play, and signaling. The outcomes concerning high social status of females and flexible and complicated social communication may shed light on the study of evolution of both bonobos and humans.

The second section deals with ecological studies that have been carried out since the post- conflict resumption of field research in Democratic Republic of Congo. Methodologies that have been improved over recent years in the study of the other great apes have now been applied to the study of bonobos, which enables comprehensive comparison for understanding hominids'’ adaptation to the African tropical forest. Furthermore, differing and newly -developed census methods have been employed to reveal the current status of bonobos in Africa’s largest forested protected area, the Salonga National Park.

The text's final section centers on the most urgent conservation priorities and reviews local and global aspects of the factors threatening the wild bonobo population. The role of humans in the future of bonobo conservation is examined. Further, the first ever large-scale and small-scale regional surveys are presented, as well as how the world’s only sanctuary for orphaned bonobos can respond to offer estimatesthe consequences of population density and distribution through reliable quantitative data. These studies provide compelling results and a solid population assessment.the live animal trade. Encouraging reports detail the presence and abundance of bonobos existing across their historic range. These contributions not only illuminate the current status of the bonobobonobos but allow for critically designing the next steps for the continuation of their future.

About the Editors:

Dr. Takeshi Furuichi is Professor in the Faculty of International Studies of Meiji-Gakuin University, Japan. He has carried out ecological and behavioral studies of bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas all across Africa for more than 20 years, in order to reveal the evolutionary process of hominids.

Dr. Jo Thompson is the Director of the Lukuru Wildlife Research Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has maintained her field work for more than 16 years focused on bonobo ecology and conservation in alliance with the local people.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Takeshi Furuichi
    • 1
  • Jo Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityAichiJapan
  2. 2.Lukuru ProjectDemocratic Republic of CongoCirclevilleUSA

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