bonobo bonobo  /bɑ ˈnɑ boʊ/


  • (n) small chimpanzee of swamp forests in Zaire; a threatened species



  1. The sociable, sexual bonobo finds safe haven in one of the most war-torn parts of the world.
  2. But there's been no hint even of romance, let alone the bonobo orgies I've read about.
  3. Bonobo society is one in which behavioral limits are set, the peace is generally kept, and transgressors are quickly punished.


  1. Memphis Zoo Welcomes Baby Bonobo

    Visitors can now see the baby bonobo on exhibit, across from the hippo exhibit.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WREG-TV Memphis

  2. Bonobo ape born at Memphis Zoo

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Zoo says a bonobo ape was born there on Mother's Day. The zoo said Tuesday that the bonobo was born to parents "Kiri" and "Mofana" on May 12, but the sex of the baby is not yet known. Zookeepers and veterinarians will determine the sex of the youngster in coming weeks. Bonobos are a member of the greater ape family and look similar to chimpanzees. Matt Thompson ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WDEF Chattanooga

  3. Baby Bonobo Born at Memphis Zoo, Now on Exhibit

    The Memphis Zoo announced the successful birth of a baby bonobo, the second in the zoo's history.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Eyewitness News Memphis

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  • "Now that actual observations have been made, the issue is much clearer, and it changes our perception of bonobo social organization and socio-ecology," said Frans de Waal, a Yerkes National Primate Research Center psychologist who has studied...
    on Oct 14, 2008 By: Frans de Waal Source: Wired News

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