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