still not much news on the new bonobos, but Suzy has sent a photo. Apparently this one's mother was shot, and the seller agreed to give up the bonobo. Suzy is feeding him wild and local fruit... More news soon...
There is a little love blossoming in the bonobo forest. Lately Max has been approaching Lomela for a little lunch time nookie. He is a perfect gentleman - very discreet, and prefers their liasons to take place in the trees, with the leaves as a modest screen. He doens't push his luck, so that when he raises his eyebrows at Lomela, she doesn't resist. He outstretches his arms and she holds him gently in the trees.
However today, the lovers get ambushed by Lomami and Lisala, and then Kubulu. With such a large gathering around, Max loses his nerve, and sulks back into the trees.
Don't give up Max! True love will prevail! How can you resist these bedroom eyes?
just got this from connie...
' how can you tell when a Bonobo is pregnant ,at the begining of her pregnancy? Does she act different?'
you can tell bonobos get pregnant just like people - they get a baby bump!
and they start acting kind of lethargic, eating heaps, they miss their period...
when that happens, and the vets start to think, 'hmmm....' they give the bonobos a pregnancy test, just liek the ones we use. actually, the last time I was there I had my own little suspicions, which were unfounded, but I left my remaining tests with them that I think got used for Noki! that's how closely related to us they are - they can use our baby kits!! haha...
When Christine wrote to Neiman Marcus about the fur all they said was
> Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 14:10:41 -0500
> Thank you for contacting Neiman Marcus Online.
> We received your email regarding the Fur-Trimmed Boot, item #NMF10_X0CHX.
> Neiman Marcus does not hold a position for or against the wearing of fur. As an established retailer of premium apparel and accessories, it is our responsibility to make available to our customers an extremely broad selection of merchandise, all of which may not appeal to every customer's taste.
> Neiman Marcus does not endorse the wearing of fur, other than simply making it available to those customers who choose to purchase it.
> Thank you for giving us the opportunity to address your concerns. We have also forwarded this issue to the appropriate department. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
> Mardi Do
> TRACKING NUMBER: A00015111643-00040901716:
But HEAPS of people must have written to them because now they've put up on their site that it's "Vanilla goat leather. Dyed ocelot-print goat fur (Italy) trim. Crescent toe. Lace-up shaft. 4" stacked heel. "Cava" is made in Italy." whereas before they said it was "natural ocelot fur(Italy) trim"
So now people in South America won't think the US is hypocritical and more importantly - no endangered species died to make the boot!
I know this a bonobo blog, but I saw this yesterday and was really upset- Neiman Marcus is selling ocelot trimmed boots!
Ocelots are an endangered species and the exact same principle applies to ocelots as buying and selling bonobos.
Please, everyone, send an email to Neiman Marcus:
TO: Neiman Marcus Customer Service
Via e-mail: email@example.com
Recently I learned that you are now selling footwear in your stores
and on your Web site made with the fur of ocelots. I'm sure you know
that ocelots are a highly endangered species but still live in areas
stretching from Arizona through Central America and South America. It
is illegal to own, purchase or sell an ocelot -or its skin - in the
United States. Unfortunately, an international trade rages across the
globe, including the sale of live ocelots to unscrupulous breeders and
roadside zoo owners. According to the San Diego Zoo, there may be as
few as 100 ocelots left in the wild in the United States.
Even if ocelots are bred in Italy, such breeding promotes killing an
endangered species for fashion and sends a negative message to people
in countries who are trying to conserve them, i.e., how can you expect
hunters in Central America not to kill and butcher ocelots when they
can point to Neiman Marcus and say "Why should we conserve them, when
you in the U.S. are killing them and using them for fashion?" They
wonder why an animal that is so endangered is showing up on footwear
at a major American retailer.
Please stop buying and selling clothing made from the skins of
endangered animals in your stores. I have a lot of choices before me
when I shop, and I will not choose Neiman Marcus as long as this
Oh my god these bonobos - does it ever stop? I've been too upset to write about Tata dying, and everyone who knew him is just devastated. For those of you who never met Tata, he was the most handsome bonobos ever. He was the oldest male, and he never smiled. I can't tell you the hours I spent tryignt o get even a smirk out of him. I tickled him and poked him and played chase all over the sanctuary, and Tata was just too cool to smile.
Sometimes I think he was sad to be a bonobo because he obviously wanted to be in charge. Occassionally he would slap one of the females around, trying to be dominant, but of course the female alliance never let him get the better of him. Despite occasional skirmishes, he loved the girls. He was always busting out of his enclosure, but instead of running around the sanctuary causeing havoc, he would jump into the other enclosures to have sex with the females. And if he had a crush on someone and the keepers moved her for some reason, he would break out of his enclosure and run around until he found her.
He was just so majestic. Regal even.
Claudine says it's like having 60 children. you love them all and when one of them dies it's a terrible loss. So heart hugs to Claudine, she almost never cries, but she shed some tears for her Tatango...
'To my friends, and everyone who knew him, Tatango died on Sunday... It was a hemorrage in his stomach... There was nothing to be done, nothing we coudl have forseen... And so he has left us.
Fanny, our new vet, did everything it was possible to do. Serge Belais and Doctor Kasongo (a human doctor who loves bonobos and helps us from time to time) were there as well to provide advice, since we had never encountered this situation before.And so, 'everything was done, and yet it wasn't enough'.
You know how much I love my Tata... and now there is one more who I will miss.
Enough of these bonobo sorrows...
too sad to talk about it - V.
'If there's one thing Lomela is serious about - it's food! She was always hungry in the nursery and that trait is proving to be wonderful for forest living. She is EXTREMELY dedicated about foraging for wild fruit. She especially loves the young green shoots that grow by the river.
(lomela with a pile of green shoots in the middle)
She is such a natural at collecting food that the trackers have started calling her 'Food Star'.
Her BFF in the forest at the moment is Lisala, a young female, and they spend a lot of time together. Lomela is determined to be friends with everyone, especially Etumbe, the chief Mama, who rules over the little group.
(lomela, left, and her BFF Lisala, right, engaging in their favorite pasttime)
Lomela is SO big now - she's almost as big as the other females! Not suprisingly, she's such a positive influence in the forest. What we hoped would happen has happened - the sweetest girl in the nursery is now the sweetest girl in the jungle. She is always calm towards everyone, spends a lot of time grooming everyone, keeps the group together and is quick to hug away any disputes.
I've just done a massive plane ride and I feel like a wrinkled shirt. I would love a Lomela hug.