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Bonobo | African Wildlife Foundation

Bonobo | African Wildlife Foundation

Less than 100,000 bonobos remain because of predators and threats. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the bonobos’ habitat is protected. And even then, due to the war in the DRC, they are threatened by illegal activities such as hunting, deforestation, and habitat loss. Some are killed for medicinal and magical purposes, because specific body parts are believed to increase sexual drive and strength. The locals depend on wildlife for protein, while logging companies supply their employees with bushmeat by employing commercial hunters. Logging operations are partly responsible for destroying their habitat. Their population is shrinking and reproduction cannot happen fast enough. Bonobo females become sexually mature after they’re 12 years old and may give birth soon after. However, bonobo females give birth to a single infant every five to six years, and they tend to nur...

Full article: http://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/bonobo

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