Female bonobos carry and nurse their young for four years and give birth on average every five years. The National Geographic Photo Contest for 2012 ends today, November 30. View galleries of the thousands of entrants, from which an overall winner and winners in each category of People, Places, Nature will be chosen.
Mount Tongariro, situated in a remote part of the country’s North Island, erupted for five minutes on November 21, spewing clouds of ash 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) high. In August, the 6,490-foot (1,978-meter) Tongariro had erupted for the first time since 1897.