Bonobo Social Behavior

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Species: Pan Paniscus
Genus: Pan
Family: Hominidae
• Swamp forest near the rivers.
• Primary forest grown on a firmer foundation.
• Secondary forest resulting from clear-cutting.
Eating habits: Fruits, leaves, pith, flowers, bark, seeds, honey, fungi, eggs, invertebrates (termites, caterpillars and earthworms) and small mammals, including shrews, flying squirrels, and small antelopes such as young duikers. However, unlike the chimpanzee, the bonobo has rarely been observed to actively hunt for meat.
Social behavior: Bonobos are female dominant, with females forming tight bonds against males through same-sex socio-sexual contact that is thought to limit aggression. Females have a higher social status in bonobo society and males are tolerant of infants and juveniles and because of the promiscuous mating behavior of female bonobos, a male cannot be sure which offspring are his, as a result, parental care in bonobos is assumed by the mothers. A male derives his status from the status of his mother. The
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It appears to be absent from the central part of this area between the Momboyo River and the Busira River. Within this large forest zone, totaling approximately 135,000 sq mi, the bonobo is absent or rare in many areas and is common only in a few scattered localities.
Maximum Age: Around 30 to 40 years old. The lifespan of bonobos in the wild is unknown.
Birth Rate: In the wild, there are single births about every 5 years Females have between five and six offspring in a lifetime.
Gestation Period: 240 days
Conservation Status: Endangered
Along with the chimpanzee, the bonobo is believed to be one of the closes living relatives of the human. The bonobo shares 97% of the same DNA that makes up humans and the

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