Bolomba doing well at Lola

Between the various delegations arriving at Nd’jili airport for the Francophone Summit, arrived a young female bonobo all the way from the province of Equateur. A sad story with a happy ending… She was caught in a snare “accidentally” according to the hunters who brought her back to their village and contacted us so we would go and save her. Chacal and Alphonse headed off to get her and bring her back to Basankusu. She was then sent by dug-out canoe down to Mbandaka where she was finally able to get on a plane to Kinshasa.

What a surprise when she arrived here at Lola to see this sub-adult female, so glad to have been rescued and who, seemingly grateful, spends a lot of time gently grooming us! Bonobos will never cease to amaze us! Welcome to Lola ya Bonobo BOLOMBA!

As you can see the wound on her arm is healing well.


Suzy and Bolomba


Bolomba and the CNN

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  1. Posted December 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I am happy to see that Bolomba’s arm has healed a great deal. Is she able to move/use her right arm? Thank you for the update, and it goes without saying, thank you for saving Bolomba!

  2. Sasha
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    It is wonderful to hear that you are recovering quickly, Bolomba!!!

    I hope you will recover 100% and be able to use your arm just like you were able to use it before the snare accident!

    Thank you to all those who rescued Bolomba and are helping her recover + taking care of her + rehabilitating her as well as any other bonobos in need! Heaven knows Bolomba and all bonobos need our help to keep them from extinction!!

    Does anyone know what happened to Bolomba’s mom and family? Did they leave her behind after she was caught by snare? Or–I pray this is not the case–were they killed?

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