Comparing Humans' Genetic Cousins


There are different kinds of apes, including the bonobo and the chimpanzee. Both are considered great apes, a group that includes gorillas—and humans.

The bonobo (on the left in the picture) is almost three feet tall. In comparison, the chimpanzee (on the right) is four inches taller on average. Their feet are about the same length and both mammals have no tail.

The chimpanzee eats fruit, seeds, leaves, eggs and they frequently prey on baboons. The bonobo primarily eats fruit, leaves, seeds, and small creatures like worms.

The chimpanzee and bonobo have other things in common, bonobos live in the rain forests in central Africa. Habitats of the chimpanzee include the African tropical rain forest, savanna, and mountain forest. The range of their habitats includes Western and Central Africa, including parts of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Uganda, and Tanzania.

The bonobo and chimpanzee are similar because of their size, what they eat, and where they live. Like many animals, these apes are threatened by of human activity.

[Source: National Geographic]

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