BONOBOS - OUR UNKNOWN COUSINS

2014, Nature, 3rd prize stories, Christian Ziegler, Germany Despite being humans’ closest living relatives, little is known about Bonobos and their behavior in the wild in remote parts of the Congo basin. Bonobos are threatened by habitat loss and bush meat trade.
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04 February 2011 The intense gaze of the dominant female of a wild group of bonobos in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, makes it apparent just how similar bonobos are to humans.

04 February 2011 The intense gaze of the dominant female of a wild group of bonobos in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, makes it apparent just how similar bonobos are to humans.

25 January 2011 A five-year-old bonobo turns out to be the most curious individual of a wild group of bonobos near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

25 January 2011 A five-year-old bonobo turns out to be the most curious individual of a wild group of bonobos near the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

27 June 2011 A bonobo mother in Salonga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, shares a large fruit with its child and playmate, while the male (on the left) looks interested but is not allowed to eat.

27 June 2011 A bonobo mother in Salonga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, shares a large fruit with its child and playmate, while the male (on the left) looks interested but is not allowed to eat.

14 January 2011 Bonobos, like other apes, build nests to sleep in every night. Here, a female builds a nest just to take a midday nap.

14 January 2011 Bonobos, like other apes, build nests to sleep in every night. Here, a female builds a nest just to take a midday nap.

26 January 2011 Bonobos are commonly known for their elaborate and frequent sexual behaviors, mainly from observations in zoos. Here, a male with an erection in the Lola ya Bonobo orphanage near Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

26 January 2011 Bonobos are commonly known for their elaborate and frequent sexual behaviors, mainly from observations in zoos. Here, a male with an erection in the Lola ya Bonobo orphanage near Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

27 June 2011 Bonobos feed almost entirely on plant matter: lots of fruit, young leaves, and pith. Here an adult male enjoys some freshly sprouted leaves in Salonga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

27 June 2011 Bonobos feed almost entirely on plant matter: lots of fruit, young leaves, and pith. Here an adult male enjoys some freshly sprouted leaves in Salonga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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