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Vanessa Woods

Author of Bonobo Handshake

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Vanessa Woods is the author of Bonobo Handshake (Gotham 2010), a memoir of her research with bonobos in Congo. Vanessa has won the Acclaimed Book award from the Royal Society, UK, and the Australasian Science award for journalism. Her books have been sold in the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Israel and the UK. Vanessa is a Research Scientist at Duke University and studies bonobos, chimpanzees, and dogs in the People's Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the US. Vanessa is on the Board of Directors of the NGO, Visit her website at , or, and email her at