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Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
Coxe / Poster
"Bililingi na kati ya Zamba"
Sally Jewell Coxe
This project will investigate indigenous African folklore
about bonobos (Pan paniscus), the rarest and least known species of great ape. Hauntingly
humanlike, the bonobo is cherished, revered, and even feared by indigenous people of the
central Congo Basin, who recognize the apes as relatives from our distant past. Handed
down generation to generation through the oral tradition, legends about bonobos have
perpetuated traditional taboos against hunting these uncommon apes. However, due to civil
unrest, human population pressure, and desperate economic circumstances, the taboos are
breaking down and hunting for the bushmeat trade is on the rise. Likewise, indigenous
knowledge imbedded in the folklore is on the verge of being lost.