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Vanessa Woods

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Vanessa is an award winning journalist and author of Bonobo Handshake (Gotham 2010). She has written three children’s books; It’s True! There Are Bugs In Your Bed (2005), It’s True! Space Turns You Into Spaghetti (2006), and It’s True! Pirates Ate Rats (2007). It’s True! Space Turns You Into Spaghetti won the Acclaimed Book award from the Royal Society, UK.

Vanessa is an internationally published journalist and has written for various publications including the Discovery Channel, BBC Wildlife, New Scientist, and Travel Africa. In 2003, Vanessa won the Australasian Science award for journalism.

Vanessa is currently a Research Scientist at Duke University and studies the cognitive development chimpanzees and bonobos at sanctuaries in the Republ

It's official. Dressing up chimpanzees in ridiculous outfits is harmful to their conservation. In a new study from our research group, people were shown a series of commercials with Hollywood chimpanzees. These people were more likely to report that chimpanzees are not endangered, and that they make good pets.

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Bonobo Handshake (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods
"I received this as a Goodreads Advance Copy Giveaway and have not wanted to put it down so it'll be a quick read. I've always enjoyed reading about our closest relatives since taking a Physical Anthropology class in CA many, many years ago. OK. so..." Read more of this review »
" Hey Rafa thanks for your questions they are good ones. bonobos are probably more similar to australophiths than humans when it comes to their cognitiv ...more "
" I focus a lot on the similarities between bonobos and humans in the book (some say even to the point of excessive anthropomorphism), but even more imp ...more "
"It’s 2:17 A.M. in a Paris hotel room and my sweat is bleeding into the sheets. I’ve been staring for hours at the popcorn ceiling, little balls of stucco poised to drop like concrete rain. The walls boxing me in are as thick as a bomb shelter, bui..." Read more of this chapter »
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“We do terrible things to the ones we love. We cheat and lie and betray them, for thirty pieces of silver or our own selfish hearts. The only way love endures is because of one simple gift. Forgiveness.”
Vanessa Woods, Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

“When I talk to people about what makes us human, some people say it’s our tears. Because we are the only ones who weep, only we can feel true sorrow. When I hear this, I remember Isiro’s face, her anguished eyes as she cried for Mikeno, how she screamed at the keepers with her teeth bared and pushed at the poles. How she dashed back to his body and dug her fingers into his chest as if the strength of her grip could bring him back. There is sorrow without tears. Of course there is.”
Vanessa Woods, Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

“It is a cumulative tragedy, the same tragedy that blights the entire country. With so many dead bodies, how do you begin to rebuild? How do you trust enough to hope? And how do you hold on to life when it no longer seems worth living?”
Vanessa Woods, Bonobo Handshake: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in the Congo

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