The bonobo, previously called the pygmy chimpanzee is a great ape and one of the two species making up the genus Pan; the other is Pan troglodytes, or the common chimpanzee. The bonobo is popularly known for its high levels of sexual behavior. Bonobos are perceived to be matriarchal; females tend to collectively dominate males by forming alliances and use sexuality to control males. A male's rank in the social hierarchy is often determined by his mother's rank.
There is no concrete data on population numbers, but the estimate is between 29,500 and 50,000 individuals. The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and movement, though commercial poaching is the most prominent threat. It typically lives 40 years in captivity, though its lifespan in the wild is unknown.
This is the first time I have been able to photograph these apes.