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As a bonobo, you are a highly intelligent and social great ape, closely related to humans. You love to be a part of the group and have fun while hanging with your friends and family. You might even have a strong matriarch in your life; whether its a mom, grandmother, or friend, just like bonobos, females play an important role in our social groups.  

You are compatible with…

a bluebird on a nest box



What can you do for bonobos?

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Rally the community

One actionable way to support Bonobo conservation in your own community is by organizing a local fundraiser or awareness campaign for endangered species. You can host events such as bake sales, charity runs, or educational workshops to raise funds and awareness for organizations working to protect endangered species and their habitats, including Bonobos. By rallying your community together, you can make a significant impact on the preservation of biodiversity and the conservation of threatened species worldwide.

What does the Cincinnati Zoo do for bonobos?

Cincinnati Zoo partners with Friends of Bonobos with their Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary to engage communities to support the conservation of this exceptional ape species. FOB works to rescue bonobos, particularly those orphaned by illegal hunting, and engage Congolese communities by promoting better futures through conservation rather than the bushmeat trade. This community engagement helps protect bonobos as well as the rainforest and other species that rely on it. 

Bonobos inhabit the dense forests of the Congo Basin, where they live in large, cohesive groups led by females. Habitat destruction, hunting, and the bushmeat trade are significant threats to bonobo populations. Protecting and preserving their forest habitat, enforcing laws against hunting and trafficking, and supporting local communities are essential for their survival. 

 Did you know? 

  • Bonobos are known for their peaceful and cooperative social behavior, often resolving conflicts through sexual activity. 
  • They are one of the closest living relatives to humans, sharing approximately 98% of their DNA with us. 
  • Bonobos are endangered, with only around 15,000 individuals remaining in the wild. 

Read more about our work for Bonobos:

Saving Wildlife

Come see Bonobos and more at the Zoo:

Cincinnati Zoo Map

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