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Lola ya Bonobo
We are more closely related to bonobos (and chimpanzees) than we are to any other animal on earth.
Lola Ya Bonobo is the only organization releasing orphaned bonobos back to the wild. Help them release more bonobos!
In Congo, it is illegal to own, kill or sell bonobos, which are an endangered species. Still, infant bonobos are discovered on the black market, and there has to be a safe place to send them, since they will not survive in the wild without their mother.
When bonobos are confiscated, they are brought to Lola ya Bonobo, a 75 acre sanctuary of primary, tropical forest. Lola houses over 60 bonobos, which is the largest captive population of bonobos in the world. When the bonobos are ready, they introduce them into a larger group of juveniles and adult bonobos, who become their new family.
Just as crucial as physical treatment is psychological care. The bonobos who arrive from the pet trade are often extremely traumatized by the loss of their mothers and families. To combat this, infant bonobos are immediately given to a substitute mother who give them all the love and reassurances they need to survive.
Lola Ya Bonobo is the only organization releasing orphaned bonobos back to the wild. Their release site is double the size of Manhattan or 20,000 hectares of primary forest in the Equateur province. The reserve is called ‘Ekolo ya Bonobo’ meaning land of the bonobos.