Thursday, May 27, 2010

Into the Monkey Cage.... 5/27

Carly Yuenger

On today's show we talk with Vanessa Woods, writer and bonobo researcher, about the many personal and scientific lessons we can learn when paying good attention to our great ape cousins.

To prepare for the show, Lori Skelton--sitting in for Jean this week--took a day trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo which houses a national rehabilitation and research center for bonobos.

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes at the zoo? Here's your chance! In the video below, the bonobos wait to meet the newest member of their group. They'll spend part of the day in the holding area getting used to the new bonobo's smell. Then, one by one, starting with Lodi (the bonobo group's caretaker and friendly alpha male), the bonobos will head out into the open air to mingle with their new roommate.

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