Bonobo Conservation Adult bonobos Masisi & Mwandai collecting fruit provisions thrown from boat twice daily. 2019 Bonobos are endangered, and likely to move to “critically endangered” soon. Sharing more than 98% of its DNA with humans, the bonobo is our closest living relative, along with chimpanzees. Bonobos are under increasing threat due to habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade. As few as 10,000 are left in the wild. Fortunately, conservationists in DR Congo are working hard to protect bonobos and their rainforest home. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden supports the comprehensive bonobo conservation work of Friends of Bonobos. Friends of Bonobos operates the world’s only bonobo sanctuary, Lola ya Bonobo, to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned bonobos, and release bonobos to the wild in a 120,000-acre protected reserve. The organization also provides conservation education and community development programs in communities surrounding the bonobo habitat.