Wednesday, July 26, 2006
A Geneology of Kanzi's Family
Today I discovered the familial relationships among the bonobos at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa where Kanzi lives. I'm a visual thinker so I made this map to show how they are all related. The dates indicate the year of the bonobo's birth. Circle = Female; Square = Male. An E behind the date indicates that bonobo is actively involved in research; C indicates that bonobo is part of a control group. Notice that Kanzi is adopted but has never mated with his 'sisters,' notably Panbanisha who being similar in age would seem a good match. Perhaps bonobos are not sexually interested (for mating purposes anyway) in those they grew up with or maybe Kanzi and Panbanisha were prevented from conceiving any offspring. Note also that Panbanisha has produced offspring with the same male her mother Matata did: P-Suke, a male who moved to their group from a lab in Japan.