BONOBOS

Report By Eddie Rodriguez 3rd period 3/16/15

Pan paniscus (Scientific Name)

The Bonobos have pink lips and Black faces. Bonobos have black hair that parts down the center of their heads, covering part of their ears. bonobos have a noticeably smaller head and ears, a flatter face.

Location

Bonobos are only found in only one country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They live in the heart of the Congo Basin, the second largest rainforest on earth. They inhabit approximately 193,000 miles.

STATUS: ENDANGERED

ONLY 10,000-20,000 Left in the wild

Diet

Bonobos mostly eat fruit but they also eat vegetation and occasionally supplement their diet with insects, larvae, earthworms, eggs, and even small mammals

Reasons Why They Are Endangered

poaching, civil unrest, habitat degradation, and a lack of information about the species. Disease transmission also poses a silent threat; many gorillas and chimpanzees have succumbed to the ebola virus.

Reason we care

Bonobos are one of humankind’s closest living relatives, sharing more than 98% of our DNA. These great apes are complex beings with profound intelligence, emotional expression, and sensitivity. Bonobos serve as a powerful symbol of peace and cooperation

Organization helping bonobos

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) has been active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2001, identifying priority bonobo sites and implementing innovative solutions to the complex problem of conservation

What We Can do to Help

Here are some ways We can help:


  • Become a BCI Member
  • Make a Contribution
  • Sponsor a Bonobo for yourself or as a gift
  • Volunteer Opportunities