Near the Bandundu province of Congo, a man called Jean Efoko bought two bonobos from a hunter. Jean hoped to sell the bonobos in the markets of Kinshasa, and kept the bonobos for a month until he could make his way down to the city.
When he arrived in Kinshasa, he asked a driver for Doctors Without Borders, who told him to take the bonobo to Lola. Once Jean arrived at the sanctuary, Blaise, the Education Officer told him that bonobos are an endangered species and it is illegal to sell them. Between Lola’s education programs and reinforcement from the Ministry of Environment, all the animal traffickers have gone underground. After seeing footage of Kanzi and taking a tour around the sanctuary, Jean decided to give the bonobos up.
The two infants were in bad shape. They are two of the youngest bonobos the sanctuary has seen. One is only 12 months old and one was only 3 months. They were severely malnourished and traumatised, just having seen their mothers killed.
I just got news the 3 month old died. He was too young to stand the trauma of becoming an orphan and the shock of the long voyage and malnourishment.