Photo by @FransLanting This is Lana, an intelligent, feisty, female bonobo making eye contact with me. Bonobos are our closest relatives on the great tree of life, along with chimpanzees. She’s a captive bonobo, and I spent time with her for a series of portraits that reveal personalities and attitudes, to combine with the images that I made of bonobos in the dark jungles of the Congo Basin. Lana has lost most of her facial hair, and that makes it easier to see ourselves in her. After all, we as humans are truly "naked apes,” as Desmond Morris once called us in his classic book by that title. For more stories, see my book, “Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape,” co-produced with Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal. Our book aimed to help people understand how unique bonobos are and how they differ from chimpanzees.
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