“Want to say “Hello,” but don’t know the local language? Try waving your hand. Such gestures, common among humans, are also surprisingly similar among chimpanzees and bonobos, our closest great ape relatives.” Read more about it from: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/02/chimpanzees-bonobos-and-even-humans-may-share-ancient-body-language
We’ve spent the last week asking a lot of you - all our wonderful supporters. Today, we ask one last time. Can you help us save these beautiful #bonobos ? We cannot save them without you. Every donation makes a difference in the lives of bonobos, our closest living relative that reminds us of the best of ourselves and humanity - sharing, cooperative, kind, and loving. Visit the link in our bio to donate today!
Thank you so much to the many donors to our recent efforts to support the bonobos of Lola ya Bonobo! We hope you have enjoyed the stories and videos of the amazingly resilient bonobos that live there. If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to DONATE today using the link in our bio! We need your support to keep on saving bonobos.
With just $25, you can provide a month of milk bottles, blankets, toys, and enrichment for a baby #bonobo - all critical for the first few years of their lives. They need your help to grow up happy, healthy, and strong! Donate today using the link in our bio!
In October 2017, ABC staff found a baby #bonobo in the village of Balangala. He was dehydrated and had cuts on his sides from being bound with ropes. Balangala was rescued and Veronique, a member of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, cared for him for 2 weeks before he could be transported to Kinshasa. Balanaga arrived at Lola ya Bonobo in November and was relatively healthy thanks to Veroniqe’s care, however, he was very timid and had a skin infection. After a 7 week quarantine and medical treatment, he joined the nursery with his surrogate mother S’arrive. We need your help! Donate today to help support Balangala and other bonobos like him. We can’t do this without you!
Kwango needs you! Kwango was 2 and 1/2 years old when he arrived at Lola ya Bonobo in 2017. A Congolese man bought him from a market in Bandundu and voluntarily handed him over to the sanctuary. He was malnourished, dehydrated, and had intestinal parasites and severe edemas on his face. Thanks to the veterinary team at Lola and his surrogate mother Yvonne, Kwango recovered and is now one of the most lively and curious bonobos in the nursery! Your donations help Kwango and other #bonobos like him grow up healthy, happy, and strong. Use the link in our bio to donate today!
Your donations help orphaned #bonobos like Mwanda return to the wild! Mwanda is 15 years old, currently at Totaka Island awaiting final release into Ekolo ya Bonobo. Her baby Totaka Totakamale was the first birth on Totaka Island. Bonobos like Mwanda need your support to grow up healthy and happy. Please donate today using the link in our bio!
After a bushmeat hunter killed her mother, Esake was on her way to the illegal wildlife market. Fortunately, local authorities apprehended the hunter and confiscated Esake. Nearly 2 months in captivity had done its damage, and Esake was suffering from a fever, malnutrition, and parasites. Thanks to the vets at Lola and her surrogate mom Yvonne, Esake has recovered and was recently welcomed into the nursery. You can help #bonobos like Esake by donating today using the link in our bio! #animals #wildlife #conservation #greatapes
Without your support, we can’t save these bonobos. Please donate today using the link in our bio! It costs about $50/month to provide the healthcare an orphaned baby bonobo needs to begin the road to recovery. Baby #bonobos taken from their mothers and held captive by wildlife traffickers come to Lola ya Bonobo dehydrated, malnourished, and sometimes diseased and wounded. Our veterinary team works diligently to test, diagnose, and treat their illnesses - but they need your help!
Another victim of illegal wildlife trafficking, Lolabu was hidden away in a warehouse. With the help of local law enforcement, we attempted to rescue him. However, when we arrived, he'd been moved! Finally, law enforcement found and confiscated Lolabu and brought him to Lola ya Bonobo. Fortunately, his time with the wildlife traffickers was short and so he was in relatively good shape. Thanks to the team at Lola and especially his surrogate mom Micheline, he is doing great! But it takes a team of dedicated people to rescue and raise #bonobos in the DR Congo. Lolabu and other bonobos like him need your support to heal, grow, and eventually return to their home in the wild. They can’t survive without your help! Please give today using the link in our bio!
Many of the orphaned baby #bonobos arrive at Lola ya Bonobo weak and malnourished. It costs about $100 per month to provide them with the food and nourishment they need to grow and thrive. Give a bonobo the best chance at life by donating today using the link in our bio!
Ingende was rescued by an undercover investigator from a local NGO, Conserv Congo. After gaining the trust of a wildlife trafficker, the investigator learned the trafficker had a baby #bonobo It took several attempts, but he was finally able to rescue him. Ingende was confiscated and brought to Lola ya Bonobo, but his time with the trafficker had really taken a toll on him. He was tiny and in poor shape, but the vets at Lola and his surrogate mom, Niclette, worked hard to nurse him back to health. He may have had a rough beginning but is now doing great! Ingende and other bonobos like him need your support to heal, grow, and eventually return to their home in the wild. They won’t survive without you! Donate today by visiting the link in our bio!!
This is what your donations do - they help #bonobos grow to be healthy and happy adults! Boende is an 18 year old male who lives in Enclosure 3 at Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary. Without support from people like you, Boende would not have made it to adulthood. Please give today to help bonobos like Boende using the link in our bio!
Happy Friday from all of us at Lola ya Bonobo! Raising baby #bonobos can be a handful, and our surrogate moms do an amazing job. But they can’t do it without your support! Donate today using the link in our bio!
It takes a lot to raise a single #bonobo orphan, and we currently have six! Kwango, Lutula, Ingende, Lolabu, Balangala, and Esake need your support to grow up happy and healthy. Can you give today to support these beautiful bonobos? Visit the link in our bio to donate!
Bonobos bond over TV too! Researchers sat pairs of #bonobos in front of a television to watch videos together and found that social bonding increased when engaging in shared events. Read more at: https://m.phys.org/news/2019-07-great-apes-bond-videos.html
What can the #bonobo diet tell us about our own evolution? Bonobos were observed foraging for aquatic plants rich in iodine, a nutrient necessary for brain development and higher cognitive thinking. Scientists believe that this could explain how prehistoric humans were able to obtain iodine in areas where it was thought to be scarce. Read more at: https://m.phys.org/news/2019-07-bonobo-diet-aquatic-greens-clues.html
Thank you Conserv Congo for your work rescuing bonobos and bringing traffickers to justice! "We promise to go up the chain to dismantle all links in this network… We want the Congolese public to understand that we must not only protect the human being as a living being, but also protect the wildlife., " - Adam Cassinga, director of Conserv Congo WARNING: This article contains a distressing image of dead bonobos being sold as bushmeat. https://actualite.cd/index.php/2019/07/08/kinshasa-trois-personnes-condamnees-cinq-mois-de-prison-pour-trafic-de-bonobo
Footage from camera traps placed in #bonobo enclosures at Lola ya Bonobo for research. Be sure to turn sound on to hear the bonobo vocalizations!
Breaking news! Three traffickers who captured our beloved Ingende (pictured here ) have been sentenced to 5 months in prison and fined US$5,000. According to reports from the DR Congo, this is the first time the legal system has imposed criminal penalties in a case of wildlife trafficking! A huge win for bonobos and a little bit of justice for Ingende. WARNING: This article contains a distressing image of dead bonobos being sold at market. https://actualite.cd/index.php/2019/07/08/kinshasa-trois-personnes-condamnees-cinq-mois-de-prison-pour-trafic-de-bonobo
The #bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo eat a lot of fruit, and pineapple is one of their favorites!
DR Congo is the only place in the world where #bonobos live in the wild. Because of you, Lola ya Bonobo and Ekolo ya Bonobo have been instrumental in raising awareness about bonobos there. Many Congolese are eager to contribute to their #protection and #conservation partly because of the economic benefits, but also because they recognize the ways in which these rare and unique animals add to the incredibly rich #biodiversity of their country.