Frequently asked questions about
What is that big thing on the bottom?
The female genitalia is on the outside. During her monthly
cycle (estrus), the bonobo genitalia will swell.
What are they doing?
Bonobos engage in sexual activities of all sorts
frequently for purposes other than breeding. They use
heterosexual and homosexual activities to release excitement
and tension. Any erotic behavior employed by man is
also used by bonobos.
Why is the bonobo considered man's closest
More than 98% of bonobo DNA is like that of human's
and it is a fraction of a percent closer to human DNA
than that of the common chimpanzee. Man is the closest
living relative to both the bonobo and the chimpanzee.
In other words, the bonobo and the chimp are closer
to humans than they are to gorillas.
How are bonobos different from chimpanzees?
Chimps resolve sex issues with power; bonobos resolve
power issues with sex. Bonobos believe in "make
love, not war." Chimps are known for making war.
Physically, bonobos are smaller, darker, hairier around
the face, and more erect than chimps.
How intelligent are bonobos?
Without going into a lot of detail defining intelligence
in ape terms, suffice it to say that bonobos are very
intelligent. Observe their tool use and their ability
to organize intricate social relationships. Scientific
studies also reveal that bonobos have a sense of self
(they recognize themselves in a mirror). Only apes have
shown this ability.
What is the difference between apes
Monkeys have tails and apes do not.
Note: one monkey, the barbary macaque, does not have