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Congo's "hippies of the forest" apes dying out fast
Reuters ^ | September 6th, 2005 | David Lewis

Posted on 09/07/2005 10:34:54 AM PDT by propertius

Congo's "hippies of the forest" apes dying out fast By David Lewis

KINSHASA, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday.

Bonobos, the rarest of all the great apes, are being killed in large numbers by bands of gunmen two years after the vast central African country's most recent war officially ended.

"In 1980, there were about 100,000 bonobos in Congo. In 1990 there were thought to be 10,000," Claudine Andre, founder of the Lola ya Bonobo (Bonobo Paradise) sanctuary just outside Kinshasa, told Reuters in an interview.

"Since then we have had two wars, their habitat has been occupied and the post-conflict period has been even harder, so I fear for what the situation is now," she said, adding that she was still receiving orphans after the war.

Experts warn bonobos, one of man's closest relatives, could die out within 50 years from poaching, logging and disease.

Hundreds of conservationists and policy makers from 23 nations are in Kinshasa this week to map out a survival plan for the world's gorillas, chimpanzees, orang-utans and bonobos.

"Bonobos are the species of great ape that is most likely to disappear," Andre said, calling to the orphaned chimpanzees through a fence separating the thickly forested sanctuary from the encroaching outskirts of the crumbling capital.

Only found in remote corners of Congo - a vast and inaccessible country that has been torn apart by a decade of war - the "forgotten ape" is said by scientists to be one of the least hostile primates.

"The bonobo's outlook is to search for peace," Andre said. "All their conflicts are resolved peacefully, often through sex. They are the hippies of the forest."

There are around 150 bonobos living in captivity in total but Andre hopes to rehabilitate and release some of her 43 orphans back into the wild.

Congo's last war officially ended in 2003 but the process of disarming thousands of fighters in a country the size of Western Europe and integrating them into the national army is faltering, leaving many gunmen near bonobo habitats, armed and hungry.

A well-organised bush meat trade and crippling poverty in the forests compound the threat to the apes.

"(Bush meat) is demanded by the urban population and as the people in the forests have no option, they are chopping down trees to make charcoal and trapping animals for bush meat," Andre said.

"If man destroys his closest cousin, he might destroy all animal species," she added, as a group of young bonobos drank from a bottle, ate bananas and had sex in a cage behind her.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; apes; bonobos; congo; evolution; hippiesoftheforest; makelovenotwar

1 posted on 09/07/2005 10:34:59 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

Sorry -- just noticed this story was written yesterday. It wasn't posted on FR. While some will object to the "one of our closest relatives" stuff, it's still a fascinating story.

Anyway at least we have a new name for DUmmies -- they seem to have a lot in common with the bonobos after all. And are both headed for extinction. We hope and pray...


2 posted on 09/07/2005 10:37:19 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

Sorry -- just noticed this story was written yesterday. It wasn't posted on FR. While some will object to the "one of our closest relatives" stuff, it's still a fascinating story.

Anyway at least we have a new name for DUmmies -- they seem to have a lot in common with the bonobos after all. And are both headed for extinction. We hope and pray...


3 posted on 09/07/2005 10:37:36 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius
"(Bush meat) is demanded by the urban population

Yeah, they want to string him up, but I think the mayor and governor are far more to blame ... ooops, wrong thread.

4 posted on 09/07/2005 10:41:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: propertius

Bush meat. Tastes like churducken


5 posted on 09/07/2005 10:42:52 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: propertius
Bonobo


6 posted on 09/07/2005 10:43:40 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handle")
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To: propertius

Maybe they need a new strategy


7 posted on 09/07/2005 10:44:27 AM PDT by aynrandfreak (When can we stop pretending that the Left doesn't by and large hate America?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL


8 posted on 09/07/2005 10:44:30 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius
for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence

They could teach my wife a thing or two. I like this idea about resolving conflicts through sex.

9 posted on 09/07/2005 10:44:42 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

A more fun way of releasing tension then yelling. Plus its good exersize.


10 posted on 09/07/2005 10:52:34 AM PDT by Sinner6 (http://www.digital-misfits.com)
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To: VRWCmember

I actually saw a show on some nature thingy channel, it was fascinating. They are truly decadent, even for animals. I mean it really was sex with everyone, all the time, crossing gender lines willy-nilly. No kidding, I saw this on t.v.


11 posted on 09/07/2005 10:52:38 AM PDT by SaintDismas (Jest becuz you put yer boots in the oven, don't make it bread)
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To: propertius
Experts warn bonobos, one of man's closest relatives, could die out within 50 years from poaching, logging and disease.

Why is it that the very people who preach natural selection, survival of the fittest ad nauseum are the very ones who get weepy when one of the less fit species is threatened by the dominant one?

I mean, if we're all just the result of being the baddest evolved thing on the planet it is natural to expect us to wipe out the weaker competing links, right?

Let's try to be consistent here 'hairless apes!'

12 posted on 09/07/2005 11:01:49 AM PDT by JOAT
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To: propertius
I know it's not polite, but as a distant relative, I'd like to give the Bonobos a little piece of advice:

START CHIPPING FLINTS, YOU IDIOTS!


13 posted on 09/07/2005 11:03:41 AM PDT by brbethke
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To: propertius
BONOBOS


14 posted on 09/07/2005 11:04:44 AM PDT by shuckmaster
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To: propertius

I always questioned the self preservation angle to "Make love not war".


15 posted on 09/07/2005 11:05:59 AM PDT by Rebelbase ("Run Hillary Run" bumper stickers. Liberals place on rear bumper, conservatives put on front bumper)
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To: wequalswinner

Ship them to San Francisco - they'll thrive there. And now they can get married.


16 posted on 09/07/2005 11:06:16 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: propertius

There are around 150 bonobos living in captivity in total but Andre hopes to rehabilitate and release some of her 43 orphans back into the wild.

Sounds to me like they would be safer in the zoos, but what do I know?


17 posted on 09/07/2005 11:06:22 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: EggsAckley
Bonobo

Bono

Evolution can be so unfair.

18 posted on 09/07/2005 11:06:34 AM PDT by brbethke
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To: propertius
Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday.

That's because no one likes hippies.

"Hippies, they want to save the world, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad." - Eric Cartman

"Welcome to the real world, hippy!"- Homer Simpson

BOBBY: Maybe it's just like you said: to catch a fish, you have to think like a fish. We just have to think like hippies.
HANK: That is impossible.
BOBBY: Come on, Dad, just try. Okay: I'm a hippie, and I'm naked because I smoked all my clothes.
HANK: Yeah. And I don't like to work.
BOBBY: Right. I like everything handed to me. I'm just like a kid.

19 posted on 09/07/2005 11:09:23 AM PDT by retrokitten (www.retrosrants.blogspot.com)
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To: brbethke

LOL! I thought about posting a Bono pic. Good one.


20 posted on 09/07/2005 11:10:55 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("The pump don't work 'cause the vandals took the handle")
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To: propertius

"(Bush meat) is demanded by the urban [liberal] population...."

Can't help but laugh


21 posted on 09/07/2005 11:15:26 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I hear the Vonage music playing.....woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo....)
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To: propertius
Pygmy chimpanzees dubbed "hippies of the forest" for resolving conflicts through sex rather than violence are dying out faster than ever in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservationist said on Tuesday.

I guess the old "make love, not war" cliche just doesn't quite cut it.

22 posted on 09/07/2005 11:20:03 AM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: propertius
"The bonobo's outlook is to search for peace," Andre said. "All their conflicts are resolved peacefully, often through sex. They are the hippies of the forest."
And here's the female of the species:


23 posted on 09/07/2005 11:20:41 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I hear the Vonage music playing.....woo-hoo, woo-hoo-hoo....)
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To: VRWCmember
I like this idea about resolving conflicts through sex.

It would give "international relations" a whole new twist.

24 posted on 09/07/2005 11:21:17 AM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: wequalswinner
No kidding, I saw this on t.v.

Then it must be true.

25 posted on 09/07/2005 11:22:02 AM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: wequalswinner

No, you were just watching Will and Grace.


26 posted on 09/07/2005 11:25:13 AM PDT by sharktrager (Don't look at my profile. It's inappropriate.)
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To: Junior

Thats not what I was trying to imply. I was shocked to see so much of their sickening sexual practices on film, in a family hour. Its all ok to show barnyard sex on t.v. because its nature. I shouldn't be shocked about anything though, huh


27 posted on 09/07/2005 11:30:02 AM PDT by SaintDismas (Jest becuz you put yer boots in the oven, don't make it bread)
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To: NRA1995

My eyes! My eyes!


28 posted on 09/07/2005 11:34:37 AM PDT by brbethke
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To: retrokitten

"Never trust a hippy" - Johnny Rotten.


29 posted on 09/07/2005 11:35:08 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wequalswinner
Thats not what I was trying to imply. I was shocked to see so much of their sickening sexual practices on film, in a family hour. Its all ok to show barnyard sex on t.v. because its nature. I shouldn't be shocked about anything though, huh

Sex is perfectly natural, unless it's between two consenting adults, and then it's a perversion ;^)>.

It's probably not all that bad watching chimps go at it. Hell, I've seen dogs and livestock do worse.

30 posted on 09/07/2005 11:38:14 AM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: cjshapi

A "dirty hippy monkey sex" ping.


31 posted on 09/07/2005 11:39:58 AM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: propertius

"Duuuuuuude...like, bogus."


32 posted on 09/07/2005 11:40:39 AM PDT by RichInOC ("The coffee is strong at Cafe du Monde, the doughnuts are too hot to touch..." Save the Big Greasy!)
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To: Junior

Hmmm, just keep thinking about that conflict resolution thing.


33 posted on 09/07/2005 11:56:48 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: cjshapi

You're not picking a fight now, are you?


34 posted on 09/07/2005 12:08:59 PM PDT by Junior (Just because the voices in your head tell you to do things doesn't mean you have to listen to them)
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To: Junior

Who me?!?


35 posted on 09/07/2005 12:10:08 PM PDT by cjshapi
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To: Junior
Sex is perfectly natural, unless it's between two unmarried consenting adults, and then it's a perversion ;^)>.

There. Now it's right.

36 posted on 09/07/2005 12:40:51 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: propertius

Isn't Bonobos trying to end the AIDS crisis or poverty or sump'n?


37 posted on 09/07/2005 12:51:40 PM PDT by Safetgiver (Only two requisites to be a judge. Gray hair to look wise and hemorrhoids to look concerned.)
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To: wequalswinner

"I actually saw a show on some nature thingy channel, it was fascinating. They are truly decadent, even for animals. I mean it really was sex with everyone, all the time, crossing gender lines willy-nilly. No kidding, I saw this on t.v."

I think I saw the same show. It was one of the most politically correct pieces of tripe posing as science. Paraphasing woman announcer: Unlike the aggrssive and violent types of primates, the bonobo chimps are lead by females, who solve their disputes peacefully.... The bonobos freely engage in sex with each other, without regard to gender and without jealosy. This eliminates mating disputes that would divide the tribe...etc. The whole thing was like that, with the narrator interpreting every action in terms of human motives and attitudes. Damn hippy chimps. On the bright side there was some hot girl on girl bonobo action.


38 posted on 09/07/2005 1:09:33 PM PDT by BadAndy (Yes liberals, I DO question your patriotism.)
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