Photo by @FransLanting When Lana, a female bonobo, stretched herself I was able to capture some of the unique features that distinguish bonobos from chimps. Bonobos have longer legs and a more slender body and female bonobos have more prominent breasts than chimp females. It adds up to an appearance that is eerily human like. Bonobos and chimps are closer to us than they are to other great apes like gorillas or orangutans. We share up to 98% of our genes with them and some scholars, including Jared Diamond in his book “The Third Chimpanzee”, have suggested that we consider changing their scientific names to reflect that close kinship. No longer Pan paniscus for bonobo and Pan troglodytes for chimpanzee, but Homo paniscus and Homo troglodytes alongside us as Homo sapiens. Imagine what that would do to get them recognized as the sentient beings they are. I photographed Lana and other bonobos in a captive setting to be able to document details in their appearance and behavior that are difficult to capture in the dark equatorial forests in the Congo Basin where they belong. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more amazing images of bonobos and their connections with us. @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #BonoboConservationInitiative #Bonobodotorg #Bonobos #Chimps #Apes #Compassion #Empathy #Naturelovers #Wisdom