Monthly Archives: July 2010

Shibombo from Lubumbashi

And we welcome yet another little orphan… We heard of a little bonobo approximately four years of age who had just been bought buy a high ranking authority near Lubumbashi in the province of Katanga, right on the other side of the country. Our friends from the Chimpanzee sanctuary J.A.C.K. (http://jack.wildlifedirect.org/ ) in Lubumbashi went […]

Off to Kikwit to get Kipolo!

Yet another addition to Lola’s Nursery… We were told of a young bonobo, at least six years of age living in Idiofa, a small town in the Province of Bandundu. After a fair bit of organisation our vet Dr. Fanny headed off to Kikwit with Gladez and Danila in order to collect the little male […]

Ashley Judd loves bonobos – or one in particular…

Keza, one of the bonobos at Lola, has a new friend – Ashley Judd! The Hollywood starlet is also a human rights activist, and has traveled to Congo several times to raise awareness for the suffering of Congo, especially women. Ashley is one of the few celebrities who has traveled to Congo, which is not […]

Greenpeace “Let’s save the forests of the Congo!”

On the 27th of June, in Brussels a demonstration was held by Greenpeace to “Save the forests of the Congo”, among the supporters, were some friends of bonobos who went along with a few photos of our furry friends. Here is a big shout out for the effort… and a big thank you from the […]

Lola in the New York Times

Hey everyone, Brian and I did an interview for the NYT here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/06/science/06conv.html We plugged Lola, of course! Q. WHERE EXACTLY DID YOU PERFORM THESE EXPERIMENTS? I’M UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT BONOBOS ARE DIFFICULT TO RESEARCH BECAUSE THEIR HABITAT IS IN THE WILDS OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN RAIN FOREST. A. Brian: Well, we went to […]

Sankuru in with the Big boys!

Judging by Sankuru’s dominant behaviour in enclosure 3 “Training for reintroduction” we decided it best to put her into Enclosure 2 for a bit of discipline! In she went along with Sake… and what a sensation she made… The start of her swelling completely disrupted the order within the group!! For two days, no-one came […]

Lollypop!

For today’s Friday photo, I chose Waka, sucking on a lollypop. We gave a whole bunch of these ot the nursery bonobos at Lola – and it was interesting that all the bonobos had a different lollypop sucking technique. Lukuru crunched hers up in 2 seconds then ran around trying to steal everyone else’s, Sankuru […]

News from Ekolo ya Bonobo

Lukaya is a more tolerant mother than Etumbe, says Suzy. Young Lomela dreams of being an aunty to the two babies on the release site, Nsomi and Motema. Etumbe was kind enough to let her take care of Nsomi but Lomela seized the opportunity and made off with the baby up into the canopy – […]