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 […]


Salonga at Bonobo beach

May 3, 2016

Check out Salonga at “Bonobo Beach” entering the lake in order to catch a floating fruit! Bonobos are obviously not very afraid of water, even if they don’t know how to swim. But they always go carefully, sometimes with sticks to evaluate the depth of the water…


Minzoto ya Lola

April 22, 2016

While some of the bonobos have a quiet afternoon in mind and are quietly grooming one another, others, like Minzoto ya Lola have a different plan in mind and just want to play!


News – January, February and March 2016

April 17, 2016

News from Lola ya Bonobo   Rescue of BIKORO The very last day of 2015, Bikoro, a 3-year old orphan, rescued in Equateur Province in collaboration with Bonobo Conservation Initiative, arrived at Lola ya Bonobo. Our team at Ekolo ya Bonobo had learned that a small bonobo had been seen in Bikoro town and had […]


Elikya & Jukuu

April 12, 2016

Here is Elikya ya Lola nursing Jukuu ya Lola in enclosure 1. Female bonobos nurse their babies for at least 4 years and during this time they can not get pregnant again… yup, bonobo reproduction takes a lot of time!


Ndona ya Lola

April 9, 2016

Let’s take a closer look at Ndona ya Lola. On this picture she is just 1 day old. Physically different from infant chimpanzees, infants bonobos are born with a black face with pink lips, small ears concealed by their long hairs and a center parting!


A bit of grooming: Mbandaka & Keza

April 3, 2016

  Here is Mbandaka grooming Keza. These two adult males know their place well, they are part of a well established hierarchy and no longer have to compete for rank! As a result of this they can just chill out together and take time grooming one another! This is one of the reasons why having […]


News of Moyi ya Lola

March 30, 2016

Moyi ya Lola is the first born of Tshilomba’s offspring. Tshilomba is a female bonobo who was kept in a biomedical research laboratory in Kinshasa for more than 10 years finally being rescued and coming to Lola ya Bonobo. Moyi is now 10 years old and is part of the first generation born at the […]


A new birth at Lola

March 21, 2016

On the 13th of January, Maya, the alpha female of group 2 and one of the first bonobos taken in by Claudine André 20 odd years ago, gave birth to her third baby. After having 2 males, Bisengo ya Lola and Mayele ya Lola, she finally had a baby girl who we have named Ndona […]