Saving the bonobos author and Asheville bonobo activist
The new Book Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral by Deni Béchard explores groundbreaking approach to saving the Congo rainforest and humankind’s closest relative, the bonobo
This work chronicles Béchard’s travels through the Congo with the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bonobos through empowering local Congolese communities. BCI co-founder Sally Jewell Coxe is an Asheville native.
The book has gotten great reviews. The movie is compelling. Bonobos are our best indication of the peaceful nature of primates, and yet they're being extinguished for bushmeat.
“Here is the matter of conservation given profound explanation—a searching and knowing consideration that enables an important social and political and cultural struggle in Africa to become a needed lesson for us who live elsewhere to ponder, take to heart,” says Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, MacArthur Fellow, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
See Bonobo Conservation Initiative website.