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Stearns Family Apes of Africa

Western lowland gorillas and bonobos (also known as pygmy chimpanzees) inhabit this tropical rainforest-themed setting. In recent years, these highly endangered species have even produced offspring!

Bonobo range

Feature Creature


(Pan paniscus)

Native to: Democratic Republic of Congo
Primary Diet: Leaves, fruit, stems, worms and insects
Adult Weight: 70 to 85 pounds
Status: Endangered
Bonobos and chimpanzees share 98.7% of their DNA with humans, making them and chimpanzees the closest living relatives to humans. Bonobos are led by the females and tend to share a peaceful society. The Milwaukee County Zoo is currently home to the largest group of bonobos in North America.