, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 351–357

Non-antagonistic relations between wild bonobos and two species of guenons

  • Hiroshi Ihobe

DOI: 10.1007/BF02381876

Cite this article as:
Ihobe, H. Primates (1997) 38: 351. doi:10.1007/BF02381876


Interspecific relations between wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) and two species of guenons (Cercopithecus wolfi andC. ascanius) were studied at Wamba in the Central Zaire Basin from September 1989 to January 1990. Data on the guenons were collected while following parties of bonobos or when searching for them. The guenons were observed directly 59 times during the study period. In about half of these observations, the guenons were found within 20 m from the bonobo parties. The encounters between the bonobos and the guenons sometimes lasted over an hour. The guenons mainly initiated the encounters by approaching the bonobos. During the encounters, no aggressive interactions were observed between the bonobos and the guenons. Evidence of hunting by wild bonobos has been restricted to small mammals, and there has been no evidence of hunting of primates by wild bonobos. These findings and the results of the present study strongly suggest that wild bonobos do not hunt sympatric primates.

Key Words

Interspecific relation Pan paniscus Cercopithecus wolfi Cercopithecus ascanius Hunting 

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© Japan Monkey Centre 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Ihobe
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Human Evolution Studies, Department of Zoology, Faculty of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan