Category Archives: Nursery


May 8, 2016

On the 31st of December 2015 we received a new orphan. This young orphan male of approximately 3 years old, is called Bikoro. He was bought by a man and illegally kept as a pet! On arrival at Lola he was placed in quarantine with his new substitute mother Saarrive. Thanks to her patience and […]


Kinzia & Garamba

September 24, 2015

In the juveniles’ enclosure, Kinzia (female, 3 years) is trying to catch Garamba (male, 5 years). These two young orphans, victims of the bushmeat trade are being rehabilitated at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary. After several months of quarantine and rehabilitation with the help of substitute mothers, they are now playing together as happy as […]


News of Lalia, our most recent arrival

September 14, 2015

Lalia is the last orphan to have arrived at Lola. She was rescued in March. This young female of about 1.5 years arrived in Kinshasa’s market, after more than 3 weeks traveling down the Congo river, a victim of the bushmeat trade and destined to be sold as a pet. Now she’s happily recovering in […]


Final touch to the new Nursery!

January 10, 2014

As you know, the young orphans at Lola now have a brand new infrastructure to benefit from. A final cat of paint allowed us to declare the job done! But what a coat of paint!!! It was the painter, Jean-Claude, along with his assistant who brought to life this fabulous, brightly coloured mural. It is […]


The nursery at LOLA YA BONOBO has brand new installations!

December 10, 2013

After two years of hard work, the new nursery facility at LOLA YA BONOBO was completed in 2013. The results were worth it!  The new installations provide the (currently 13) bonobo orphans being cared for at the sanctuary’s Nursery an ideal environment for their physical and psychological recovery, under the caring supervision of their 5 […]


Getting up to no good in the Nursery.

November 9, 2013

In the big nursery (where the oldest of our young orphans spend their days), Mama Yvonne, replacing Mimi on her day off, thought she would bring in a little enrichment to keep the bonobos occupied. She brought in a long fallen branch hoping that is would serve as a seesaw. To everyone’s surprise, Lomako showed […]


News of Bolomba

May 17, 2013

Bolomba is regaining the use of her right arm. Today she is able to lift her arm above her head! What a long way she has come since arriving in October! Bolomba had been caught in a snare in September in the depths of the equatorial rainforest. A rescue mission was launched to bring her […]


Lukuru, Everybody’s best friend!

April 19, 2013

Lukuru, in the nursery since arriving in 2008 is now one of the biggest in the gang… but she is far from being the most turbulent and has stayed so gentle! For a long time now she has been the one that we first introduce the new orphans to. She is self-confident yet gentle and […]


Bolomba’s progress

April 1, 2013

Following Kipolo’s departure for enclosure 3, the Mamas were not the only ones to feel a little relief! Bolomba (9 year-old female with a severe handicap to her arm on arriving at the sanctuary having been caught in a snare) can rest easy without the fear of being pushed around by the ever-turbulent Kipolo! As […]


Kipolo, moved in with the big bonobos

March 26, 2013

While the post-operative period following Kipolo’s operation for his double cataracts presented no problems, a sudden infection of his laryngeal sac delayed his programmed transfer into one of the adult enclosures after his quarantine. It must said that regaining his sight after more than two years of being blind, our “big boy” in the nursery […]