Bonobo Matriarch [Growth ]

© Kathy Salerni

Bonobo Matriarch

Uploaded: October 15, 2012 14:35:15


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.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/5000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 92.00 mm, Model: NIKON D700


Anthony G. Comella October 15, 2012

Terrific viewing - magnificent primate!! #1492502

Tammy Espino October 15, 2012

Wonderful capture and information :) #10371255

frank w. degenhardt October 16, 2012

I love the read you gave us, so interesting and informative. Adds to the understanding of the picture. Looks like this one has some things on its mind and seems to be going over it. Love the way you bring them alive to us in character, pose, and expression my friend. #10371489

Carol L. Fowler October 16, 2012

He looks so down in the dumps. Excellent expressive capture #10372391

Terry Cervi level-deluxe October 16, 2012

What a great face! This is outstanding, Kathy! #10372672

Carol A. Grady October 18, 2012

Fantastic capture Kathy. The focus you put on the the face just draws the viewer in, trying to figure out the emotion behind the look.

Well done! #10374854

Patrick Rouzes level-classic October 18, 2012

The tones, textures, clarity, expression & profile are superb, Kathy! Amazing close up, indeed!

Ellen Hodges October 22, 2012

Absolutely superb capture, Kathy!!! He seems very aware of you, too!! Fantastic detail and exposure!! #10379311

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