Enter Lui-Kotale in the Democratic Republic of Congo and meet some amazing primates, the bonobos. Get to know the least know great apes at a personal level as well as many other species and people. From bonobos in the day to leopards in the night being a bonobo habituator is far from dull.
During nine months following a wild group of bonobo, meat eating, wading and urinating on researchers, were some of the many amazing things these apes did. There were also the elephants, driver ants, snakes, poachers and local villagers to deal with. This is the side of Africa’s dark heart you have never seen before, the warm heart.
20% of proceeds will go to bonoboalive to help protect wild bonobos.
Targeted Age Group:: any
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My book is about my time living in the Congolese rainforest with wild bonobos. When people hear where I have been they ask for stories. I decided I had so many tales that I would put them to page so many other people can enjoy them. I also wanted to continue supporting the wild bonobos in some way so decided a portion of my proceeds would go to bonoboalive charity.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
nonfiction. All the characters are real.
Leanne froze. She had picked up some eye-shine in the bushes just off transect. We often bump into sleepy duikers in the mornings, catching their eye-shine in the beam of our headlamps. However both eyes were facing her. Duiker have eyes mounted on the side of their heads for almost all around vision whereas predators, such as the leopard, have forward facing eyes for binocular vision to better judge distance. She was convinced it was a leopard but I wasn’t so sure.
No one had seen a leopard for a while whereas we come across duiker all the time. As such I was so confident it was a duiker I walked straight towards it to prove my point. My beam lit up more and more of the forest as I approached and I was able to make out a head. As more light started to pick out detail I was able to see what species was ahead. To my surprise it was not the plain brown head of a duiker that I had expected. Staring back at me from the darkness was the dappled head of a leopard.
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