Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.
The very first World Bonobo Day was in 2017. It is appropriate to share the day with Valentines Day with the Ape which believes in making love, not war. Bonobos are our closest cousins with whom we share 98.7 % of our genetic makeup.
Zoos are a popular place to visit on Valentines Day...Give some thought to Bonobos.
World Bonobo Day - What is a Bonobo ?
Bonobos are an Endangered Species with only 10-15 thousand remaining in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching for bushmeat are the main threat.
There are only around 210 Bonobos in captivity in US and European Zoos and approximately 60 in a rescue facility in the Congo. There is an International Studbook for the captive population.
It is sad that there are animals held outside the programme like the single animal held unnaturally in the infamous Pata Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand.
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