Bonobos are sometimes known as pygmy chimpanzees, or gracile chimpanzees.
Only recognised as a distinct species in 1929, they are, along with chimpanzees, our closest living relatives. Unfortunately, their distribution in the wild is limited to war torn Democratic Republic of Congo, south of the River Congo. Little news has emerged in recent months, but indications are that bonobos are being killed for bushmeat, and their orphaned infants sold into the pet trade.
Recognised as a distinct species
Name 'Bonobo' appears to describe pygmy chimpanzees
Lukuru Wildlife Research Project founded by Dr. Jo Thompson
Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary founded by Claudine André
Action Plan published with proposals for their conservation
Learn more about the Bonobo's habitat by watching Earth's Green Heart - Africa.