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 (bə-nō′bō, bŏn′ə-bō′)
n. pl. bo·no·bos
A species of chimpanzee (Pan paniscus) found only in the Congo River basin of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having black hair and a more slender build than the common chimpanzee (P. troglodytes). Also called pygmy chimpanzee.

[Probably from a misspelling of Bolobo, the name of a town on the Congo River (now in the Democratic Republic of Congo) that was labeled on the crates in which the first living bonobos were sent to Europe.]
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(Animals) an anthropoid ape, Pan paniscus, of central W Africa: similar to the chimpanzee but much smaller and having a black face. Also called: pygmy chimpanzee
[C20: from W African language]
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(bəˈnoʊ boʊ)

n., pl. -bos.
a small chimpanzee, Pan paniscus, primarily of swamp forests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonobo - small chimpanzee of swamp forests in Zairebonobo - small chimpanzee of swamp forests in Zaire; a threatened species
genus Pan, Pan - chimpanzees; more closely related to Australopithecus than to other pongids
chimp, chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes - intelligent somewhat arboreal ape of equatorial African forests
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The Great Ape Trust of Iowa, located in Des Moines and certified by AZA, is setting new standards with the completion of a $10 million facility in April that will be home to a colony of eight bonobos. Bonobos often walk upright and share over 98 percent of their genetic make-up with humans.
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Bonobos, in fact, who live in the equatorial rain forests of Zaire, have a sex life that would exhaust even the randiest humans, engaging in sexual activity, on average, every 1 1/2 hours, day and night.
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"Consent and boundary" issues may still need a bit of explaining to young humans, reminding them that while bonobos may be most admirable, not all behaviours cross the species boundary one for one.
Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist cognitive and behavioural differences between the two.
Humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees and bonobos, yet there exist obvious behavioral and cognitive differences.