March 13, 2013

Bonobos, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photograph by Christian Ziegler, National Geographic

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Tranquil and protective, Zoe cuddles Zizu after nursing him. Male bonobos, unlike chimps, do not form same-sex coalitions to achieve power; from infancy to adulthood, a boy’s best friend is his mother.

See more pictures from the March 2013 feature story "The Left Bank Ape."


Learn about a paradise for bonobos from Christian Ziegler »
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14 comments
Susan O'Donnell
Susan O'Donnell

The True Love&Bonding of Mother&Child Soo Beautiful!

Harley Daddyson
Harley Daddyson

wonderful... a picture that tells a thousand words...

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Oh, just to look into those eyes.  The gleam.  The expression.  The tenderness in holding of the little one.  Can I see affection?  The glorious "day to day" of mother and child, even in the jungle.  Survival, growth, continuation & devotion to the young one.  And all through the "eyes of the greening plants" to see ...lovely! 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

How long do we have to put up with this annoying Nikon camera commercial on this site? Every move I make on this site I have to stop to delete this commercial again and again. Maybe not everyone sees this commercial, I don't know. 

Alp Kunkar
Alp Kunkar

La mamma è sempre mamma. Anche per gli animali istinto materno è innata. 

Greyling G
Greyling G

Agreed! This whole site is starting to piss me off just because of this one ad.  Take it away it's distracting from the photo!

Omar Garcia
Omar Garcia

@Cedar Waxwing I don't see the commercial but it may be because I have chrome with AdBlock. You should give it a go if you haven't yet. It gets rid of all of the annoying ads anywhere in the web!

Raj P.
Raj P.

@Cedar Waxwing the tiny one ?Its pretty harmless save that it makes me want to purchase a D600

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