Did you know that bonobos have a "fascination with computers"? No? Neither did we. But a new Kickstarter project from the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa needs funding to make every bonobo's technological dreams a reality--from operating vending machines to, improbably, controlling their own robots.
A Polish politician, furious over a gay elephant, obviously hasn't been keeping up with the latest research on homosexuality in animals
By Christopher MimsPosted 04.15.2009 at 11:56 am 10 Comments
"We didn't pay 37 million zlotys for the largest elephant house in Europe to have a gay elephant live there," said Michal Grzes, a conservative councillor in the Polish city of Poznan, Reuters reported last Friday.
Bonobos, along with chimpanzees and orangutans, are humans' closest genetic relatives, and are frequently studied for clues about the nature of human evolution. These Great Apes are, as it turns out, a lot like us, but a recent study reveals something about bonobos that we'd perhaps rather not know. Often referred to as the "hippie" apes (partially because bonobos have a lot of casual sex . . a perfectly acceptable "Hey, how's it going?" in bonobo-speak), bonobos don't quite live up to the moniker, it appears.