Apes Battle for Survival in the Congo

Apes Battle for Survival in the Congo

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They are known as the hippies of the ape kingdom, a peaceful and affectionate species that is more interested in making love than killing each other. One of the world’s rarest apes, bonobos are close cousins of chimpanzees and share 98.7% of human DNA. But unlike their ape relatives — and humans — bonobos shy away from engaging in vicious conflicts. Instead, they share food, groom each other and use a variety of sexual activities to build relationships, promote social bonding and strengthen alliances.

It is, then, an ironic twist that the very existence of this affable species has come under threat by decades of war and deforestation in one of Africa’s most troubled parts.

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