Abstract # 1220 Event # 256:

Scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2006 02:00 PM-04:20 PM: Session 40 (Kama A) Symposium


SYMPOSIUM: Bonobos Revisited: ecology, behavior, genetics, and conservation. Part 2 Current status and perspectives for the future

J. Thompson1, B. Fruth2 and T. Furuichi3
1Lukuru Wildlife Research Project, Zone Dekese, Province Kasai Occidental, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, 2Max-Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 3Meiji-Gakuin University
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     Conservation efforts to protect the bonobo, undermined because the species global range is limited to a single area eclipsed by human conflict, have recently been infused and expanded in response to the cessation of hostilities across the bonobos range. Advancing the current status of bonobo conservation, this symposium will unfold by reviewing the global aspects of threat impacting the broad population. With the recent advent of the functioning ecosystem conservation paradigm, within the range of the bonobo large-scale efforts have been concentrated into three landscapes: the Lac Télé–Lac Tumba Swamp Forest Landscape, the Salonga-Lukenie-Sankuru Landscape, and the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape. This symposium will present the different aspects of these stakeholders and discuss the landscape-unique threats and actions taken to ensure bonobo survival. Pioneering the way, details from the first comprehensive assessment of bonobos in the Salonga National Park reveal a baseline from which to monitor future trends. Concerned about the human aspect of conservation; an ethnographic study documents indigenous cultural, social, and economic practices for the purpose of reviving the local traditional knowledge to provide insight for application at the national level. To be inclusive of all aspects of range country concerns, one paper will present the contribution of the bonobo sanctuary. By illuminating the current status of the bonobo and perspectives for its future, a critical framework is now emerging.