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    Mother and child Bonobo, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida. Bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans collectively make up the group of primates known as great apes. Bonobos were the last of the great ape species to be discovered, which occurred around 1929. Although they are frequently called “pygmy chimpanzees,” this name is not appropriate as they average 80% of the weight of chimpanzees with a more slender body and longer limbs. Their hairdo parts down the center of the head and they have reddish lips in a dark face. Behaviorally, bonobos differ greatly from chimpanzees. Although they will kill and eat small animals, they do not wage war on neighboring groups or engage in infanticide like chimpanzees. Sexual behavior serves a much more significant role in social relations among bonobos than in any of the other great ape species. They solve conflict, ease social tension, and maintain social bonds through sexual behavior. Also different, adolescent females (around the age of ten years) leave their maternal group to find a new group, while males stay with their mothers. Male social status is tied to their mother’s rank in this female dominated society. Bonobos are among the rarest and most critically endangered species housed at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. As of January 2007, there were 220 bonobos living in captivity, including 83 managed by the Bonobo Species Survival Plan (SSP) in North American zoos, 84 managed by the European Breeding Programme (EEP), and over 50 in “Lola ya Bonobo”, a bonobo sanctuary in the DRC. The captive bonobo population is managed internationally and every few years bonobo experts from around the world meet to discuss bonobo transfers, breeding, husbandry, and conservation. International cooperation on the captive management of bonobos is important for maintaining genetic diversity, particularly due to the relatively small captive population. Due to the lack of information available on bonobos compared to other great ape species, bonobo facilities share their experiences with one another in order to continue to fine-tune captive husbandry practices.

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    1. feeble swing [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      This photo is so good !......I would love to see this printed..It's fabulous !

    2. Gary Helm 58 months ago | reply

      Stunning! Great information, Shannon!

    3. Shelby Townsend 58 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully touching image and such great info.

    4. Susan Roehl 58 months ago | reply

      Your photo is wonderful, thank you so much for sharing
      with us at World`s Nature Gallery
      We hope to see more of your work in the future.

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    5. Brian E Kushner 58 months ago | reply

      This photo is beyond stunning!

    6. lady.odyssey2 58 months ago | reply

      Unconditional Love....Incredible image

    7. Nick Fewings 5 Million Views 58 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture of love. Well done Shannon.

    8. sharp shooter2011 57 months ago | reply

      Your great shot was seen in:

      Zoos of North America

      Such a touching moment, and so glad you posted it for all of us to enjoy this magical moment between mother and baby!
      Thank you for sharing your zoo pictures!

    9. Laura A. McElroy 57 months ago | reply

      Absolutely love this image!

      Your great shot was seen in:

      Zoos of North America

      Thank you for sharing your zoo pictures!
      Please copy/paste this Tag to your images: ZoosOfNorthAmerica

    10. Diane Marshman 57 months ago | reply

      WOW & WOW ! This is a truly incredible capture! This should be in a magazine and definitely a wall hanger! You nailed it! SSS! Stunning Shot Shannon!

    11. Kimages2c 57 months ago | reply

      So adorable !!

    12. david paul tyas -{often off & on}- 56 months ago | reply

      beautifully tender presentation plus ... wonderful intimate study and imagery

    13. biswarupsarkar72 56 months ago | reply

      Outstanding moment captured!

    14. ODE PHOTO 56 months ago | reply

      You did a wonderful job capturing his touching moment

    15. M Z Malik 55 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing this excellent image with Natural World.

      (For every one image you post, comment on two)
      We look forward to seeing more of your images in the future.

    16. seddeg ~ 55 months ago | reply

      Totally exceptional! Marvelous! Such a joy to view! =)

    17. devilish price [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      You feel the love! Great picture!

    18. ichauvel 44 months ago | reply

      amazing and beautiful!!Your Picture is indeed Artistic !


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