July 9, 2013

Bonobo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Photograph by Christian Ziegler, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

The bonobo, once called the pygmy chimpanzee, is a unique species of ape, native only to forests on the left bank of the Congo River. Recent research casts new light on their sexual and other behavior.

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


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28 comments
kim michaels
kim michaels

i really love Chimps.....hes a cutie for sure

Ramesh Kavatkar
Ramesh Kavatkar

Wow what a pic... I have been to Congo but not able to see this magificant creature

M. Gianni
M. Gianni

«Considera a la Naturaleza como el más bello de los santuarios y como la expresión sobre la Tierra de la Perfección Divina. Respeta la vida en todas sus formas y mira a los animales como seres vivos, conscientes y sensibles».

"Consider Nature as the most beautiful shrines and as the expression upon the Earth of Divine Perfection. Respect life in all its forms and looks at animals as living beings, aware and sensitive. "
Extracto del Código de Vida Rosacruz. ♥.

M. Gianni
M. Gianni

Como lo amo ,  el  viejo  o algo mayo de edad.. parece ... que hermoso  animal . como el hombre puede hacerle daño a estas criaturas . Cuidemos a todos los seres vivos.

Amy Adams
Amy Adams

I love his face...what wisdom is behind those eyes! Beautiful!

Eliane Eliane Gino
Eliane Eliane Gino

Olá! Bom dia! E como eu amo essas criaturinhas tão simpáticas! rsr! 

Eliane Eliane Gino

C. Hamada
C. Hamada

Very nice photo! In the shot, she(he) has a charactor and expression like human beings. Am I the only person who was reminded my elderly friend by her eyes and smiling -like lips? Bonobo and this photo is graeat! 

Once again
Once again

what a look ! you love him right away 

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Great shot! This captures the character so well.

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Nick H.
Nick H.

Makes it even more clear just how much all beings should be treated with love and respect. It's eyes are practically identical to a humans. Thank you for this shot!

"Think: Happy and secure, may all beings be happy at heart. Whatever beings there may be, weak or strong, without exception; long, large, middling, short, tall, subtle, blatant, seen and unseen, near and far, born and yet to be born: May all beings be happy at heart. Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere, or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer. As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless loving-kindness with regard to all beings. With good will for the entire cosmos, cultivate a limitless heart: Above, below, and all around, unlimited, without enmity or hate. Whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down, as long as one is awake, one should be resolved on this mindfulness. This is called a sublime abiding here and now" -Karaniya Metta Sutta (Buddha's Discourse on Loving-Kindness)

Susie P.
Susie P.

Terrific capture ~ especially of those all-knowing eyes :)

Girgis Shenouda
Girgis Shenouda

The eyes are just another world ti dive into, its beautiful 

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

When you look into his eyes can you forgive anyone who hurts him or his type. Beautiful photograph.

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