Copyleft Bonobos

Hey, I recognize those bonobos! Thiago H. Petruccelli, an artist from Brazil, used my photo of a mother bonobo and her baby at Lola Ya Bonobo to make the following.

Bom trabalho, Thiago! It’s a great example of why releasing your work under Creative Commons rocks. You can see my original photo here and a video of the bonobos as well.

Mopani Worms Recipe

From this AP article on mopani worms, here’s a handy Congolese recipe for their preparation:

Mopani Worms for four people.


  • 500 grams dried mopane worms
  • three tomatoes, diced or 1 can of tomatoes
  • two onions, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • three fresh green chilies, finely chopped
  • three cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • tablespoon of fresh ginger, finely chopped.

Soak dried worms in water for 3-4 hours to reconstitute. Fry onions in groundnut oil on medium heat until translucent. Add turmeric, chilies, garlic and ginger. Fry for about five minutes. Add tomatoes and cook on low for about 20 minutes until spices are well blended. Add drained worms and cook until they have softened a bit but still are a little crunchy. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pap, called sadza in Zimbabwe. Enjoy.

Lesula: A New Species of African Primate


A new species of guenon has been described today in PLoS ONE. Locally known as “Lesula” and now scientifically known as Cercopithecus lomamiensis, the species lives in part of the TL2 region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or the area between the Tshuapa, Lomami, and Lualaba Rivers. The paper is really impressive, though I’m biased because I know a lot of the great people who wrote it. The article lays out in detail how the taxon is distinct from its nearest relatives (Hamlyn’s monkey and Gene Wilder), but also presents information on Lesula’s morphology, behavior, and genetics. This complete picture is essential for species designation if one wants to avoid elevating a taxon to species status based solely on genetic distance.

I was lucky enough to see lesula, which is the local name for the monkey, when I was in the DRC this summer with John and Terese Hart, Maurice Emetshu, and Kate Detwiler. I took the photos above and below near Obenge, and I’m releasing them now under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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UPDATE: Here’s the blog post from the Harts’ website giving first-hand info on the discovery.