Conserving biodiversity in Central Africa

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The Congo basin is an unruly ribbon of tropical forest, over a million square miles spanning six countries in Central Africa. It is the second-largest contiguous tropical forest in the world. The basin is home to the classics of African wildlife – chimpanzees, elephants, gorillas – along with thousands of other less well-known species. This wealth of flora and fauna, much of it native to the region, is enough to qualify the Congo basin as a biodiversity hotspot: a biologically rich...

Science Nation - Bonobos and Chimpanzees

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With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), anthropologist Brian Hare and his wife and colleague Vanessa Woods study bonobo behavior, investigating how bonobos differ from chimpanzees, and how bonobos might provide insight on the origins of cooperation in human society. For more Science Nation, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/index.jsp