Today is World Bonobo Day.
Bonobos are similar to Chimpanzees and are sometimes called the pygmy Chimpanzee.
They are found only in the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa and are estimated to number around 30-50000 individuals which can live up to 40 years old.
The Bonobo is on the endangered list due to habitat destruction and human population growth. They are also in decline through poaching.
Bonobos live in a matriarchal social structure and don't have defined territories.
They eat fruit, leaves, eggs, and meat in the form of small invertebrates.
There is still a lot unknown about them as they are only found in the DRG which has seen much internal conflict over the years and much study comes from zoos.
The most active conservation organization working to protect Bonobos today is the Bonobo Conservation Initiative:
If you wish to learn more of these fascinating cousins of ours I've included some links below.
By Brendon Crook