Democratic Republic of Congo
Rain forest
Leaves, stems, fruits, worms, insects, and small fish
From head to rump, about 2 to 3 feet
A mother bonobo nurses and carries her helpless infant for about the first two years.
Young bonobos play games like King of the Mountain and Blindman’s Bluff—just like you!
Oh, Bonobo!


Do you recognize the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. in these pictures? If you said “chimp,” you’re…close. Bonobos are closely related to chimpanzees, but are different. Bonobos are more slender than common chimps. They also have smaller heads and ears. Both are members of the great ape family, along with gorillas and orangutans.


Bonobos live in groups run by the females. The group looks for food during the daytime. At night, they use leaves and twigs to build nests in the forks of trees. They are careful to stay near each other, to help keep a lookout for predators like leopards and snakes.


These apes are great climbers and are very smart. They have been seen using moss to soak up water to drink and using big leaves to keep rain off of their head!