Africa

'Hippie Chimps' Face Extinctioni
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June 11, 2012 1:35 PM
Deep in the forest of the African Congo lives an animal most people have never heard of. They look like chimpanzees, but are smaller and leaner. And like the chimpanzee, share almost 99 percent of our DNA. But these rare creatures of the rainforest are actually bonobos, a completely different species of primates. And while they are the last ape to have been discovered, bonobos may be the first to become extinct. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.

'Hippie Chimps' Face Extinction

Published June 11, 2012

Deep in the forest of the African Congo lives an animal most people have never heard of. They look like chimpanzees, but are smaller and leaner. And like the chimpanzee, share almost 99 percent of our DNA. But these rare creatures of the rainforest are actually bonobos, a completely different species of primates. And while they are the last ape to have been discovered, bonobos may be the first to become extinct. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.


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