Tool use

October 15, 2015

Wild bonobos have not yet been observed using tools, however, captive bonobos, including those at Lola are just great tool users! At Lola, the bonobos are specialist in cracking nuts! Stones, sticks, teeth, anything is worth trying to get to the rich center of the palm nut. Bombo certainly seems to have mastered the technique […]



October 13, 2015

Lomami is a 15 year-old male. Almost 2 years ago, he fell from a tree and broke his leg. Surgery was not an option! All we could do was hope that the break wasn’t too bad. He spent a few weeks in complete immobilization and a few more weeks of re-education. Then, after a large […]


Lola ya Lola

October 11, 2015

We recently gave a little news about Semendwa, well here is Lola ya Lola, Semendwa’s third baby. This young female is just 1 and a half years old but is really quite independent for her age. She spends a lot of time playing with older males and females a few meters away from her mother! […]



October 9, 2015

Semendwa, is the alpha female in enclosure 1. She is 18 years old and will soon be a grandma! Her first-born daughter, Elikya, is now 9 years old and in an advanced state of pregnancy. Here you can see Semendwa standing on two feet in order to attract attention. Begging is often observed at Lola, […]


Bonobos love to play…

October 4, 2015

Bonobos love to play…particularly the younger ones. It’s very common to observe baby bonobos playing with each other or with adults. Spinning, jumping, running, chasing, biting… they usually don’t have time to get bored!


Careful in the water!

October 1, 2015

Salonga, one of the adult bonobos in enclosure 1, having spotted something of interest in the pond, wades in to get it! Not taking any risks though… like many bonobos at Lola ya Bonobo and in the wild, she enters the water with the help of a long stick to probe the depth as she […]


Sanza & Minzoto

September 29, 2015

Sanza ya Lola and Minzoto ya Lola are brother and sister, born at the Lola ya Bonobo. Sanza often takes care of her little brother and so it is quite common to see her playing with him a few meters away from their mother, Tshilomba. As you can see here, Sanza has a full mouth […]



September 27, 2015

Bombo is almost 5 years old. This young male, orphaned as a victim of the bushmeat trade was rescued and brought to Lola ya Bonobo just a few years ago. He has shown such a good recovery that today, despite his young age, he has already integrated a complex social group in enclosure 2. He […]


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 […]


Mbandaka the great!

September 23, 2015

Mbandaka is the largest bonobo living at the sanctuary at the moment. This young male, only 15 years old, is clearly the alpha male of the group in enclosure 2. Although Maya is dominant female, Mbandaka has the position of protector of the group.