Don't miss this if you visit Kinshasa. It's best to go in the morning and to spend enough time observing the groups of young bonobos playing around. They are very similar to humans in terms of behaviour. It's a pity that they seriously risk becoming extinct due to poaching and continuous deforestation. Only 10,000 are left in the wilderness. As of August 2013 you could enter the Bonobo sanctuary only with a guide, so you might have to wait for 20-30 minutes at the entrance before a guide takes you inside, but once you’re inside you are pretty free to wander around. Driving time from Gombe (the centre of Kinshasa) is about 1 hour on week-ends. Here is my reading tip before the visit: Frans de Waal "The Bonobo and the Atheist - In search of humanism among the primates". De Waal, a Dutch primatologist, argues that morality is not dictated to us by religion or social norms but is the product of our biological nature - specifically, our primate social emotions, which include empathy, reciprocity and fairness.
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