Bonobos are classified as an endangered species of primate with anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 remaining in the wild. Threats facing this species include poaching, deforestation and a low reproductive rate.
Bonobos closely resemble the chimpanzee; so much so that they were once known as a pygmy chimpanzee owing to their smaller size. It wasn’t until 1929 that they were recognized as a separate species. Bonobos weigh in at around 65 – 90 pounds. They stand up to 4 feet tall.
The Bonobo shares 98% of their genetic code with humans, making them one of the most closely related primates to humans. Bonobos reside in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their diet includes fruit, leaves, nuts, insects, flowers and seeds. They rarely need to drink as they get most of their hydration from the fruit they consume.
Bonobos are known for their peaceful nature, rarely ever engaging in fights. What makes this species different than most is that their groups are led by females. A Bonobo group can have anywhere from 30 – 100 members. Bonobos are thought to live up to 20 years of age in the wild, however in captivity they can live up to 40 years of age.
With your help we can ensure the survival of this remarkable species. You can help to raise awareness through sharing this article, donating to a reputable wildlife foundation or symbolically adopting a Bonobo.