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  • English name
    Bonobo
  • ClassificationPrimates, Hominidae
  • Scientific namePan Paniscus

Wild Bactrian Camel
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The Bonobo is a chimpanzee that lives in the jungles of Africa. They are gentle animals with an intelligence level. Unless some action is taken, they may become extinct from hunting and deforestation.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: Male 73-83cm / Female 70-76cm
Weight: Male 39kg / Female 31kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

The Bonobo lives in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

What they eat

They primarily eat fruits, leaves, and branches. Sometimes, they eat ants and small animals.

What they are like

While there is some resemblance to the Chimpanzee, the Bonobo has slimmer body and long arms and legs. Their hair is parted in the middle, and long and standing at the side of their ears. Can you tell the difference?

Find out more about the Bonobo!

A gentle, peaceful chimpanzee
Bonobos look very much like the Chimpanzee. They live in the jungles of Africa in groups between the numbers of 50 to 120. Unlike aggressive Chimpanzees, Bonobos are gentle and hardly ever fight amongst themselves. Captive Bonobos are known to be highly intelligent, capable, for instance, of playing video games with humans.

Increase in human population is decreasing forests where the Bonobos live!
The population of Bonobos is declining because of hunting and deforestation. People who break the rules capture the Bonobo to sell them for food or as pets. And the increase in the human population fuels deforestation for lumber and slash-and-burn farming that extends into their jungle habitat. It is humans, which the peaceful Bonobos are considered genetically close, that are driving the Bonobos into extinction.

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