Bonobos and chimpanzees in Africa

This National Geographic video is called Bonobo Chimps: Girls Rule!

Bonobos are caring because they are led by females: here.

Bonobos Will Share With Strangers Before Acquaintances: here.

About apes: Massive New Rainforest Reserve Established in the Democratic Republic of Congo to protect the Bonobo.

Also in Congo: Ten million trees planted in crucial mountain gorilla habitat. Gorilla evolution: here.

Gorillas Mate Face-to-Face in First Photos: here.

Intelligence of humans vs. chimpanzees: here.

Poaching and deforestation threaten Ugandan chimps: here.

A chimpanzees spatial memory is so precise that it can find a single tree among thousands in a forest: here.

Scientists: Bonobos use different barks and peeps to distinguish between discovery of different foods: here.

Bonobos stay young longer: here.

16 thoughts on “Bonobos and chimpanzees in Africa

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  5. Bonobos comfort each other

    Young bonobos that are more ‘socially competent’ are more likely to cuddle and calm other apes that are in distress, research has revealed.

    November 2013. Scientists in an African sanctuary found that bonobos that recovered quickly from an upsetting experience, such as a fight, were also more likely to comfort others. This mirrors findings from studies in children and suggests bonobos manage their emotions in a similar way.

    The researchers, whose findings are published in PNAS journal, captured footage showing ‘emotionally competent’ young apes rushing to hug other juveniles that were screaming after being attacked.

    Previous studies documenting bonobos’ responses to others’ emotions have led them to be known as the ‘empathic apes’. Prof Frans de Waal from Yerkes National Primate Research Centre at Emory University in Atlanta said these new results revealed that their ability to console one another was part of this empathy.

    He added: “It is almost as if one needs to have one’s own emotional house in order before one is ready to visit the emotional house of another. This is true of children, and apparently also for bonobos.”


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