Bonobos have lost 72% of their Habitat Only 28% of Bonobo Habitat remains suitable for the African Great Ape, according to the most comprehensive study of Species' range yet appearing in Biodiversity Conservation. Not identified as a separate Species from the more well-known Chimpanzee until the 20th Century, Bonobos (Pan paniscus) have been little studied compared to their more widespread cousins. Bonobos are only found in the Dem.Rep.of the Congo (DRC), separated from Chimpanzees by the Congo River. Smaller than Chimps, Bonobos are most known for their matriarchal society & their tendency to solve conflict through sexual behavior, which has given them the moniker of the "make love, not war" Apes. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3679108
The Bonobo was once known as the 'Pygmy Chimpanzee'
Amazing Ape Birth Is the Worlds First A Bonobo has been seen giving birth in the wild, the 1st time scientists have ever documented this most personal of moments occurring in the Ape's natural environment. Bonobos (Pan paniscus) are the smaller of the 2 Chimpanzee Species, living in central Africa. They are also among the least studied & understood of the Great Apes, which include Gorillas, Orang-utans, & the common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Ray C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/725222209/3831558
Video: Wild Wives of Africa: Bonobo Love http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/12/20/video/wild-wives-of-africa-bonobo-love-2/ One Species seems to have found the perfect method for keeping everyone in a state of total harmony. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3689660
Our Orgiastic Future What are Bonobos? And what can we learn from them about our own evolutionary trajectory? This article takes a look at the love & lives of Bonobos, especially their sex lives, for a thoughtful reevaluation of our behaviour. Hilary S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/353817081/3594149
Our Orgastic Future What are Bonobos? And what can we learn from them about our own evolutionary trajectory? This article takes a look at the love & lives of Bonobos, especially their sex lives, for a thoughtful reevaluation of our behaviour. Hilary S. http://www.care2.com/news/member/353817081/3594149
Jan. 2003 A Bonobo has surprised his trainers by appearing to make up his own "words". It is the 1st report of an Ape making sounds that seem to hold their meaning across different situations, & the latest challenge to the orthodox view that animals do not have language.
Kanzi is an adult Bonobo kept at Georgia State Univ. in Atlanta. He has grown up in captivity among humans, & is adept at communicating with symbols. He also understands some spoken English, & can respond to phrases such as "go out of the cage" & "do you want a banana?"Kanzi provides concrete evidence that Apes can make sounds that carry a particular meaning. "Kanzi is modifying his sounds to denote certain things in his environment, that's very special."
A Bonobo looks through a window at the Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart, Germany
The Great Ape Project, founded in 1993, as evidence began to mount of the intelligence & depth of feelings that these creatures are capable of. Comprised of primatologists, psychologists, philosophers & other experts, all of whom advocate the extension of some sort of legal rights to the Great Apes, specifically Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, & Orang-utans. All the Great Apes are Threatened by Habitat destruction & Hunting by humans.
The G.A.P. wants to give these Apes the rights: to life=the apes can’t be killed save in special circumstances like self-protection or abortion; to liberty=detention should be permitted only in their own interests or is necessary to protect the public; to be free from torture=apes cannot have pain inflicted upon them, no matter the reason, even if it is for the benefit of human society as a whole. These 3 rights are fundamental human rights, G.A.P. want extended to non-humans. Unless they are protected, & indeed, unless they are given rights equal to humans, they are doomed to lives of destruction & exploitation.
These beings are people, deserving of the same rights as people. They are thinking, feeling beings capable of rationality in their thoughts, & compassion in their actions, e.g.: Koko the Gorilla, mourning the death of her kitten, Odd Ball. They have the right to not be used as test subjects in cruel experiments, no matter the end benefit. They have a right to not be eaten, the right not to be enslaved as pets, or for human amusement in circuses & other entertainment.
Who is AGAINST: “Bushmeat”: in C. Africa long tradition of hunting & killing primates, part of the varied collection of forest life hunted, to them, the idea of extending human rights to the apes is bizarre, for them apes are simply animals. “Medical Experiments”: they could not be used for being infected with HepatitisC, HepatitisB, & HIV to “test” vaccines, among other things. Their similarity to us, especially the Chimpanzees, makes them valuable for research purposes. Not indispensable, just valuable (=$, but NO scientific evidence!!). Granting these rights to the apes would prevent them from being used to research cures or vaccines. Habitat degradation & Destruction is pushing humans & apes ever closer together. Logging roads are allowing hunters access to the darkest depths of the Forests.
Aug. 27, 2012 Another experiment adds to the ever-mounting evidence that humans aren’t special at all. Scientists have observed bonobos making stone tools on par with those made by early humans. Bonobos & Chimpanzees: are human’s closest living relatives, make up the Genus Pan, while humans the Genus Homo. Chimpanzees are known tool-users, but Bonobos aren’t known for this. They have been known to bash some rocks together. 2 of the Bonobos, Kanzi & Pan-Banisha, were taught to make stone tools in the 1990s, but it looks like Kanzi has been doing his homework because he proved to be a brilliant problem solver. Kanzi & Pan-Banisha were challenged to break wooden logs & to dig underground, similar to tasks the Apes might have to carry out to get food in the wild. To break the logs, an act similar at cracking open bones to get at marrow, these Apes use rocks as hammers or projectiles to smash their targets, but also either rotate stone flakes to serve as drills or use the flakes as scrapers, axes or wedges to attack slits, the weakest areas of the log. To root into hard soil, they used both unmodified rocks & a variety of handmade stone tools as shovels. Both Bonobos used tools, but Kanzi’s are different, they aren’t just any tools: these are tools that have the hallmarks of the tool categories of early Homo: wedges & choppers, & scrapers & drills. The last common ancestor of humans & Bonobos may have had this capability, which means the use of stone tools would predate Homo. This further questions when Homo culture began, where we fit in the tree of life.
Kanzi, the famous Bonobo, liked to pretend. Primatologist Sue Savage-Rumbaugh described watching Kanzi hide invisible objects under blankets or leaves, later removing them from their hiding spots, & pretending to eat them. "Kanzi also engages the participation of others" in these games, "by giving them the pretend object & watching to see what they do with it."
Kanzi the Bonobo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanzi
1. Bonobos have bendy feet to help them grip branches
2. Australopithecus Sediba (in the centre) is compared with a modern Human (Left) & a Chimp (Right)
Bonobos: the Endangered Great Apes, unknown by a lot of people Source: Kevin A.
Bonobos resemble Chimpanzees, but belong to a different Species…
Bonobos are less aggressive than Chimpanzees, they solve all their aggressivity issues just making love: their motto is MAKE LOVE & NOT WAR!! Bonobos are the “Hippies” among the Great Apes!!
Bonobos walk more in a STANDING posture respect to Chimpanzees... Michela
Bonobos: the Endangered Great Apes, unknown by a lot of people Source: Kevin A.
Video: Bonobo genius makes stone tools like early Humans did http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22197-bonobo-genius-makes-stone-tools-like-early-humans-did.html
Kanzi the Bonobo continues to impress. Not content with learning sign language or making up "words" for things like banana or juice, he now seems capable of making stone tools on a par with the efforts of early humans.
Even a human could manage this
You Share 98.7 Percent of Your DNA With This Sex-Obsessed Ape The evidence in question emerges from the field of genetics, the realm of science that, above all others, makes the case for evolution irrefutable through its ability to quantify the precise degree of interrelatedness between organisms by comparing their genetic codes. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3748097
2. Bonobo mother Muhdeblu comforts her newborn baby, Wuppertal Zoo, Germany
Bonobo baby Kasai climbing, born in Jan., is growing up quickly & attracts many visitors, Leipzig Zoo, Germany
Mother of the new Bonobo baby, right, Kiri holds onto her son, Mobali, while snacking on some fruit during the gender reveal & naming celebration for Mobali at the Memphis Zoo, Tenn. All the Bonobos were released into their outdoor exhibit to find gift boxes they could unwrap & blue streamers revealed the baby Bonobo's gender.
Troubled Ape Facility reinstates controversial researcher http://www.nature.com/news/troubled-ape-facility-reinstates-controversial-researcher-1.11879
A troubled Ape Research facility in Des Moines, Iowa, has elected to reinstate a controversial scientist who has come under fire for allegedly putting the resident Bonobos in harm’s way. The decision has elicited grave concerns from outside Primatologists. Source: Myraida D.