Bonobo- Pygmy Chimpanzee
Although also having black fur compared to the Common Chimpanzee,
the Bonobo have a slimmer upper body, narrow shoulders, thin
neck, and longer legs. The head is smaller although the forehead
is higher. The Bonobo walks upright approximately 25% of the
time, which give it along with its posture a more human like
appearance. The facial features are more defined so that individuals
look different from one another.
CITES Classification of the Bonobo Chimpanzee:
Habitat of the Bonobo Chimpanzee :
South of the Congo River and north or the Kasai river and in
the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bonobo Chimpanzee Social Structure and Behaviour:
Sexual intercourse plays a significant role in society and is
used for conflict resolution, greeting and is traded as favours
by females in exchange for food. Even though females are smaller
than males they have a higher social status although the hierarchy
system is not as prominent as it is with other primate species.
Living in groups of about 100 they split into samller groups
during the day to look for food. They return together to sleep
in nests they construct in tress.
Bonobo Chimpanzee Life Cycle:
Females carry their young for 5 years and give birth every 5-6
Bonobo Chimpanzee Diet:
Primarily frugivores (fruit eaters) but supplement their diet
with insects and the occasional small mammal.
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