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His story could easily have become a tragedy. Countless great apes are orphaned by hunters, stolen from the wild, and sold into the illegal wildlife trade, destined to live all alone in a cage. They often perish in unspeakable pain, hunger, and crippling loneliness.

Lola ya Bonobo’s staff found these young endangered bonobos for sale on Facebook. Without their immediate intervention, they would have been sold to the highest bidder and smuggled inside a cramped cage, likely to China or the Middle East. Tshimbulu would have spent his life suffering as a pet—never seeing another bonobo, never climbing trees in a sprawling forest or feeling the ground under his feet.

The rescuers were horrified to discover the bonobos starving, severely dehydrated, and terrified. I’m so grateful that the courageous staff of Lola rescued these orphans from the verge of the illegal pet trade and brought them to the sanctuary. 

To the shock of Lola’s staff, the body of the smaller bonobo was riddled with parasites, and tragically, he didn’t survive. While the staff are distraught by the little one’s death, they are determined to help Tshimbulu recover from his terrible ordeal. By donating today, you will give him the food and treatment he desperately needs. 

It’s up to us to give him hope for a future and a life full of lush forests with a bonobo family. Your gift can heal his wounds and help him learn to be a bonobo.

In Congo, it is illegal to own, kill or sell bonobos, which are an endangered species. Still, infant bonobos are discovered on the black market, and there has to be a safe place to send them, since they will not survive in the wild without their mother.

When bonobos are confiscated, they are brought to Lola ya Bonobo, a 75 acre sanctuary of primary, tropical forest. Lola houses over 60 bonobos, which is the largest captive population of bonobos in the world. When the bonobos are ready, they introduce them into a larger group of juveniles and adult bonobos, who become their new family.

Just as crucial as physical treatment is psychological care. The bonobos who arrive from the pet trade are often extremely traumatized by the loss of their mothers and families. To combat this, infant bonobos are immediately given to a substitute mother who give them all the love and reassurances they need to survive.

Lola Ya Bonobo is the only organization releasing orphaned bonobos back to the wild. Their release site is double the size of Manhattan or 20,000 hectares of primary forest in the Equateur province. The reserve is called ‘Ekolo ya Bonobo’ meaning land of the bonobos. 

His story could easily have become a tragedy. Countless great apes are orphaned by hunters, stolen from the wild, and sold into the illegal wildlife trade, destined to live all alone in a cage. They often perish in unspeakable pain, hunger, and crippling loneliness.

Lola ya Bonobo’s staff found these young endangered bonobos for sale on Facebook. Without their immediate intervention, they would have been sold to the highest bidder and smuggled inside a cramped cage, likely to China or the Middle East. Tshimbulu would have spent his life suffering as a pet—never seeing another bonobo, never climbing trees in a sprawling forest or feeling the ground under his feet.

The rescuers were horrified to discover the bonobos starving, severely dehydrated, and terrified. I’m so grateful that the courageous staff of Lola rescued these orphans from the verge of the illegal pet trade and brought them to the sanctuary. 

To the shock of Lola’s staff, the body of the smaller bonobo was riddled with parasites, and tragically, he didn’t survive. While the staff are distraught by the little one’s death, they are determined to help Tshimbulu recover from his terrible ordeal. By donating today, you will give him the food and treatment he desperately needs. 

It’s up to us to give him hope for a future and a life full of lush forests with a bonobo family. Your gift can heal his wounds and help him learn to be a bonobo.


Your donation will go directly to the rescued bonobos. Donate now to


Lola ya Bonobo

$
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Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.

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Donation Total: $100 Monthly

In Congo, it is illegal to own, kill or sell bonobos, which are an endangered species. Still, infant bonobos are discovered on the black market, and there has to be a safe place to send them, since they will not survive in the wild without their mother.

When bonobos are confiscated, they are brought to Lola ya Bonobo, a 75 acre sanctuary of primary, tropical forest. Lola houses over 60 bonobos, which is the largest captive population of bonobos in the world. When the bonobos are ready, they introduce them into a larger group of juveniles and adult bonobos, who become their new family.

Just as crucial as physical treatment is psychological care. The bonobos who arrive from the pet trade are often extremely traumatized by the loss of their mothers and families. To combat this, infant bonobos are immediately given to a substitute mother who give them all the love and reassurances they need to survive.

Lola Ya Bonobo is the only organization releasing orphaned bonobos back to the wild. Their release site is double the size of Manhattan or 20,000 hectares of primary forest in the Equateur province. The reserve is called ‘Ekolo ya Bonobo’ meaning land of the bonobos.