September 9, 2005

APING SAN FRANCISCO (via obc):

Chimps find no safety in sex (Mike Pflanz, September 10, 2005, Daily Telegraph)

Pygmy chimpanzees known as jungle hippies because they resolve conflict through sex rather than fighting are hurtling towards extinction faster than any other primate, experts say.

Bonobos, gentle creatures found only in the war-torn forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, live in strictly matriarchal families and neither kill nor fight over territory. They pair off for sex at the slightest hint of danger, stress or friction, and this policy of "making love not war" has resulted in their nickname.

They are among man's closest relatives and face the prospect of being the first great ape to be wiped out.

A conservationist, Claudine Andre, said: "All the great apes left in the wild face extinction, but it is the bonobos who look likely to be the first ones to go."


Nature, red in lipstick and nail polish.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2005 8:48 PM
Comments

"They are among man's closest relatives and face the prospect of being the first great ape to be wiped out."

Not so. We got rid of the other species of Hominidae as well.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 9, 2005 9:59 PM

Poor Bonobos, this really is pretty sad.

I think it's unfair to call them hippies, they're just animals, hippies know better. Could we work something out where we move the bonobos to San Fransico and ship the hippies to the jungle to be killed?

Come on, let's get on this thing!

Posted by: Amos at September 10, 2005 1:23 AM

Looks like they're among the closest relatives of the Democrats, not man.

Posted by: jdkelly at September 10, 2005 4:42 PM
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