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Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, September 24, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment
Bonobo mother & infant (credit: Wikicommons)
Bonobos can understand words and learn tasks by observation. The female dominated clans of small apes, found only in the Congo, force us to reconsider how much a species does is determined by its biology and how much by culture. Susan Savage-Rumbaugh is the first and only scientist to conduct language research with bonobos and was recognized as one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. She consideres the threatened African rainforest primates 'gentle geniuses' and in need of much more understanding and habitat protection.Susan Savage-Rumbaugh consideres these threatened rainforest apes as "gentle genuises".
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