TED: Isabel Behncke

Happy Bonobos

  • Planet Heritage Foundation supported Primatologist and TED Fellow Isabel Behncke Izquierdo as she closely observed the playful behavior of the wild bonobos in Wamba, DR Congo.
  • With never-before-seen video, Izquierdo shows how the bonobos are constantly learning from play — solo, with friends, even as a prelude to sex. In fact, play appears to be the apes’ key to problem-solving and avoiding conflict. She challenges us to ask ourselves what can we learn from these happy-go-lucky creatures?