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BeProvided Conservation Radio

BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, nature writing, nature art/photography, eco tourism and much much more.  Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to protect our natural world.

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Introduction and Outro done by friend of the podcast, Dale Willman, award winning journalist! Thank you Dale for this wonderful contribution!

Nov 28, 2017

I spoke with Ashley Stone, founder of the Bonobo Project for our podcast. I learned a lot about bonobos and during my research and with speaking with Ashley. I also fell in love with these animals. In every picture you see of two or more, they are playing, hugging, having sex and always in phyical contact with each other. They are referred to as the "Make Love Not War" great apes (no they are not monkeys). Out of all the great apes, which include humans, they have never been known to kill one of their own kind. Definitely on the opposite spectrum for violence than humans. I think everyone should know about bonobos because we have a great deal to learn from their behavior.
Facts of bonobos:
  • They are a matriarchal society
  • They are the most peaceful of the great apes
  • They are humans closest living genetic relative
  • They are greatly in danger
  • There are only ~15,000 left in the wild

Contact Ashley Stone if you or your classroom is interested in presenting a bonobo or Congo project at:


*photos provided by The Bonobo Project