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Lomela and Lola’s bonobos covered in The Dodo. great for sharing!

April 28, 2015

See how Lomela and all the other bonobos at Lola are inspiring conversations about the illegal bushmeat trade.  Claudine and Fanny’s work is paying off to get the word out about how the international black market  and trade in live apes must be stopped! https://www.thedodo.com/orphaned-baby-ape-caught-in-sinister-black-market-finds-freedom-1091204497.html

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Guess who Claudine met?

On her last trip to the US she visited California to give talks about her work with Bonobos.  As part of her visit this famous zoo personality gave a big shout out to Claudine during his presentation.  Who is he?  hint: the zoo where he has worked for decades has been one of Lola ya […]

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Lomela’s baby Kondima!

April 21, 2015

Finally Fanny could rest happy because she also saw Kondima!  Kondima is Lomela’s wild baby and the newest princess of Ekolo.  Hopefully on the next trip Kondima will be big enough to smile for the camera.

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Fanny also saw Sankuru at Ekolo

April 16, 2015

Everyone who met her at Lola ya Bonobo fell in love with her before she moved back to the wild at Ekolo ya Bonobo.  One of her fans Pina travels every year from Italy to come visit her in Ekolo! Pina also offers free dental services to the local communities that help us protect our […]

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Our biggest success: born wild again!

April 13, 2015

Fanny also saw Bikamwa and Lukaya.  Bikamwa is what rescue-rehabilitation-release are all about. Bikamwa was born wild at Ekolo in 2013 to her orphaned mother Lukaya!   Bikamwa will never know the horror her mother experienced. Lukaya was rescued from the bushmeat /pet trade in 2002 and was barely one year old. She had lost […]

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Etumbe was first to greet Fanny

April 12, 2015

Etumbe is the leader of the bonobos at Ekolo ya Bonobo.  She survived as an orphan for 22 years in a biomedical laboratory where she suffered greatly – few would believe she could lead the world’s first group of bonobos back to the wild. Claudine believed in her and she is free!  see her amazing […]

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Fanny found them!

April 11, 2015

It took some searching but she did not give up.  She and her team found our group of released bonobos.  Can you see one of our bonobos at Ekolo ya Bonobo?  They are harder to photograph but it is more fun when you do b/c they are free!  Our ultimate goal when we rescue-rehabilitate-release.

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Fanny is nervous to find bonobos tomorrow in Ekolo

April 7, 2015

  Before she searches for the bonobos Fanny spends hours talking to the children in the community living near Ekolo ya Bonobo.  It helps she speaks 5 different languages! These kids parents work hard to support the project to release bonobos back into the wild. Our team works hard to provide educational and health support […]

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Fanny visits Ekolo ya Bonobo

April 5, 2015

Fanny Minesi-Andre, the daughter of Claudine Andre, is managing both Lola ya Bonobo and Ekolo ya Bonobo. She recently visited the release site outside of Basankusu.  She flew from Kinshasa deep into the Congo basin and landed in the small city of Basankusu.  Fanny is getting ready for the boat ride up the Lopori River to […]

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