News of Victor and David : Ekolo ya Bonobo trackers

March 3, 2012

One week after their cold arrival in Paris, the two men underwent their operation, first step in the six months of reconstructive surgery ahead. The operation went extremely well, for both of them. Now a few weeks later, we are already very pleased with the first results.

Their arrival in Paris must have been quite brutal, it was on the first day of great cold that came down to us from Siberia. But within a few days, the cold didn’t seem to bother them at all (a big thanks goes out to those who donated winter clothes for them). In fact, they were less bothered by the cold than Claudine who was accompanying them, she’d much rather the hot and humid climate of the Congo.

The first week in Paris was a week of discovery for the two men: the beautiful city of Paris, the Eiffel tower, the snow (a phenomenon that they had heard of but none-the-less filled them with wonder!), a first trip on the underground metro… so many novel things to discover. They were both curious and happy about it all! In the first few days, David pointed out the fact that there was not enough greenery in the city, that our trees were ugly and looked dead… indeed, the loss of leaves in winter makes a change from the luxurious forest they are used to!

Two days before entering Professor Laurent Lantieri’s ward at the Georges Pompidou hospital, they celebrated David’s birthday with the ladies of the ABE.

We wish them a fast recovery and courage for the months ahead!

5 thoughts on “News of Victor and David : Ekolo ya Bonobo trackers

  • connieleisey

    I am so thankful to God for there recovering so well. I pray their stay will include some great times as well as surgeries. Will they go back to their same jobs? How do they feel about the Bonobos? My prayers will continue!!!!!!! Connie

    • admin Post author

      I visited them in Paris, thought they would like to see a familiar face seeing as I worked with them for a year in Basankusu. Their feelings about what has happened are those of regret. They bear no anger towards the bonobos. Victor told me that he didn’t understand why this had happened, that he was so disappointed for the trouble that such an incident can cause for a project that they really believe in and have worked so hard to make progress. They seem to have the grander picture in mind despite their own personal misfortune!

  • Marcia Douthwaite

    Many thanks for this good news and Claudiine’s great care of Victor and David. It is good that they have the opportunity to see lovely Paris even in the Winter. But sounds like they will be there for Spring and Summer. All good wishes go to Victor and David.

  • Marcia Douthwaite

    Thank you for the above comments. What kind fellows they are to hold no animosity toward the bonobos. Do you have clues how this may have happened? Perhaps there were other humans in the area that were threatening to them? Are the bonobos still being monitored by other trackers? I hope they are safe and thriving.

    Healing thoughts to Victor and David.

    • admin Post author

      Indeed, we do believe that the missing bonobos may have been harmed by other people, and that, in front of the group. And yes the team at Ekolo is still monitoring the bonobos there.

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