Bonobos are a species of great ape, that split from chimpanzees between 1 million and 2 million years ago.

While for some people this is not that long ago, and Chimpanzees and Bonobos look so similar, their behaviour is significantly different. So what makes it so clear that these animals are separate species? Well they behave in totally different ways. 

Eastern Chimpanzee
Head and shoulders of a male chimpanzee
Bonobo sitting on a log

Where as male dominated chimpanzee society can be incredibly violent, and one of the first things that young chimpanzees learn is to get out of the way of the fighting as fast as possible;  Bonobo society is incredibly relaxed. Bonobos have found that the most simple way to deal with stress in through sex. Bonobos have a great deal of sex, and it occurs between all different couplings of members of the group. Female Bonobos are also the dominant ones .

They live on the other side of the Congo river. Indeed, it it thought that it was the Congo river forming which split these two species, and ended interbreeding 

There is one huge national park that protects these animals – Salonga national park, which has an area of almost twice the size of Wales. There is also Lomami National park which covers 3500 square miles.

Alongside this national park there are a handful of reserves including Tumba Ledima Reserve, Sankuru nature reserve, Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. As well as many more.

We hope to link to as many of these as possible over time, though currently we don’t have any. As we get these we will add them at the bottom of the page. Directly below this, is a documentary on the bonobo, and below that is a list of all articles that have been written on this website about these fascinating animals. As we make links, these will be added below both of these.

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