Happy hump day! Once again we are half way through the week and I’d like to celebrate with another hump day post! Lets talk about Bonobos, or Pan paniscus.
Bonobos are often called pygmy chimps, as they look fairly similar to chimpanzee’s to the untrained eye. But once you’ve spent enough time around one species the difference are obvious. Personally I think that bonobos have much more human like features in comparison to chimps, and are known to walk bi-pedally much more often than other great apes.
Chimpanzees also tend to be very violent and have many war-like tendencies and live in a patriarchal society. Bonobos are much different in this regard. They are the great apes of love and are known for their… frisky personalities. They don’t discriminate against gender. Males have sex with males, females have sex with females, ect. Genital rubbing is a common greeting, even referred to as a ‘bonobo handshake’. They have make-up sex after fighting, welcome-home sex, and oh-hey-didn’t-know-I’d-run-into-you-at-the-watering-hole sex. Violence is rare in the bonobo society, they have traded it for love. They are also one of the only other species of animals (other than humans) that have sex face-to-face.