Vanessa Woods

Journalist, Author and Bonobo Expert

Vanessa is an award winning journalist and author. Her latest book, Bonobo Handshake, won the Lowell Thomas Award 2011. She has written three children’s books: It’s Tru ...read more

Vanessa is an award winning journalist and author. Her latest book, Bonobo Handshake, won the Lowell Thomas Award 2011. She has written three children’s books: It’s True! Space Turns You Into Spaghetti won the Acclaimed Book award from the Royal Society, UK.

Vanessa is also the author of the travel memoir It’s Every Monkey For Themselves (2007) about her experiences chasing wild capuchin monkeys through the Costa Rican jungle. Her books have been sold in the US, France, China, Australia, Korea, Israel and the UK.

She is currently a Research Scientist at Duke University and travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to watch infant bonobos have sex in the name of science.

Vanessa serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Bonobos, the US charity that supports Lola ya Bonobo. Her daughter is named Malou, after a bonobo who used to bungee jump off her hair.

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