Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary

Support the Bonobos

Teco enjoys looking at pictures of himself in this new book.  Please join us in helping support Teco and his family.


Genome Sequenced

Kanzi's genome has been sequenced by Derek Wildman's team at the Molecular Evolution Laboratory at Wayne State University, only the second time a bonobo genome has been sequenced.

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Meet Teco

Meet Teco

Teco is the youngest member of the bonobo family, and the next generation of bonobos to be raised by both humans and bonobos who are competent using lexigram language skills.

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Kanzi video goes viral

Research findings into Bonobos tool-making abilities astounds scientists around the world.  See Psychology Today for more information and links to the scientific literature.



Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary
4200 Evergreen Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50320
Ph: 515.243.3580
About Us
The Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary in Des Moines Iowa is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Great Apes worldwide as well as responsible and sustainable research aimed at uncovering the evolutionary origins of human behavior, cognition and communication. We further aim to use the knowledge we gain from studies with great apes to better humanity.
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