Here is a little peek at how the babies born at Lola between 2009 and 2011 are getting on.
Lisala and baby Nyota ya Lola, born December 4th 2011
Seven months old already, Nyota has started taking her first steps without her mother (although she is still very wobbly…) she stays very close nonetheless. A very promising start for a truly adorable little bonobo.
Kalina and baby Bolingo ya Lola, born May 29th 2011
Bolingo has always taken up “unconventional” positions in order to move around on his mother, he can be observed straddling her neck, sitting on her head or hanging onto one leg, an eccentric and acrobatic baby bonobo… who has begun to wonder a just few meters away from his mother always under her watchful eye!
Salonga and baby Kimya ya Lola, born June 28th 2009
Kimya is the ‘Lola born’ baby who has had the most independence from a very young age. Her mother, Salonga, gave her the minimum necessary care, leaving her daughter in the hands of all those who were willing to show an interest in her, luckily the list was long among both female and male bonobos. As a result, Kimya is a very resourceful and sociable little bonobo.
Semendwa and baby Makasi ya Lola, born January 27th 2010
Makasi is like a twin brother to Kimya, the two are inseparable. His mother, Semendwa, is the boss-lady in the enclosure, as the boss’ son he can do as he pleases and that is something he has clearly understood…
Tshilomba and baby Sanza ya Lola, born May 7th 2010
An adorable baby, when she feels confident enough she will come and push her round little belly up against the enclosure fence for a few tickles. In that way she is following in her mother’s footsteps, loving the interactions with her human carers. She is also very close to her brother Moyi, now aged four. The two spend a lot of time playing together.
Maya and baby Mayele ya Lola, born September 17th 2010
Mayele and Lyaka ar the best of friends, they spend their days rolling and chasing each other around. He is now allowed to roam around as he sees fit, even if his mother is always keeping an eye on him. He spends a lot of time playing with his “Uncle Mbandaka”, the current dominant male of the group who he absolutely adores.
Kisantu and baby Liyaka ya Lola, born July 18th 2010
Liyaka is a real funny little one, she spends her days pulling funny faces and will have anyone who observes her long enough rolling over laughing… (to be discovered in an upcoming blog post !). Just like Mayele, she too is allowed to wonder around as she likes, or perhaps just in appearance, at the slightest problem her mother is there to scoop her up and protect her.