To compensate for the scandalous lack of bonobos in my novel – which features human faux-nobos who aren’t even primatologists – here are links to some rich resources on our close cousins:


  • An excellent overview of diverse topics from National Geographic
    • including the reliance on observations of bonobos in captivity and in semi-wild settings for the popular descriptions that emphasize their peacefulness and promiscuity
  • Bonobos and chimps compared, from Duke University
  • Awesome videos and other info from Arkive
    • Please note that bonobos in the wild aren’t usually hanging out in clearings like this, so the footage might be from only semi-wild settings.
  • The Wikipedia page
    • with good links to sources
  • A nice description from the Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative
  • Factsheets from the National Primate Research Center and the San Diego Zoo
  • Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary for bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


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