Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Hominidae
         Scientific Name : Pan Paniscus

                       Size(H) : 73cm - 90cm
                                        (29in - 35in)
                       Weight : 25kg - 50kg 
                                       (55lbs - 110lbs)
                 Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
                  Life Span : 30 - 40 years

                      Colour : Black, Grey, Brown
                 Skin Type : Hair
Distinctive Features : Large body size and 
                                      opposable thumbs
  1. Bonobos are large primates found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  2. They have evolved and are found towards the south of the Congo river.
  3. They are also known as Pygmy Chimpanzee and Dwarf Chimpanzee.
  4. They had the same ancestors as the chimpanzee but have evolved as a separate species over the years.
  5. They are very closely related to the humans sharing 97% of their DNA.
  6. Their social interaction and reproduction is very similar to that of humans.
  7. Like all primates, they have opposable thumbs enabling them with better grip of food and trees.
  8. They are smaller than Chimpanzee growing to an average height of 70cm and weighing around 40kg.
  9. Their body is covered with black hair which is parted on their head, though they are less hairy than chimpanzees.
  10. They are omnivores feeding on vegetation, honey, insects, small mammals and reptiles.
  11. Interestingly, in captivity, they are known to turn to cannibalism and eat other bonobos.
  12. Large primates are known to prey on Bonobos due to nasty disagreements over territory.
  13. Apart from that, only humans and crocodiles are the Bonobo’s predators.
  14. They live in troops consisting of an alpha male, a lot of females and their offspring.
  15. There is no specific breeding season and the females breed once in a few years.
  16. They give birth to a single baby after an 8-month gestation and care for them for the first few years.
  17. The male babies are more dependent on their mothers than the female babies.
  18. Hunting and habitat loss have made Bonobos an endangered species.

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