We present to you “Matshombe ya Lola”, (which means Paradise’s premature one in Lingala!)
Kinshasa brought her son into the world far too early! Born so small and without any hair! That’s right, this is not the result of the usual hair plucking that goes on… Brave little guy!! Be strong!
Might he have a liking for flowers?
Pina accompanied Claudine & Suzy to Basankusu this past summer and offered her dental care services to the local population – something totally unheard of in these remote areas.
She provided free dental care to 30 people in Basankusu and at the Elonda base camp opposite the bonobo reintroduction site. This is an important contribution to both the welfare of the local people in these underserved areas and the local communities’ trust towards the project.
In the big nursery (where the oldest of our young orphans spend their days), Mama Yvonne, replacing Mimi on her day off, thought she would bring in a little enrichment to keep the bonobos occupied. She brought in a long fallen branch hoping that is would serve as a seesaw.
To everyone’s surprise, Lomako showed that the branch was in fact not quite heavy enough and lifted it up as if he was Hercules! No need to mention the short circuit he could have caused in the enclosure fence…
We come to you with the news of one of the latest births at Lola.
Tshilomba, is the first of our Lola bonobos to have a third baby.
Her first son is Moyi (which means “Sun” in Lingala), who was followed less than 3 years later by his younger sister, Sanza (“Moon”) and now, the latest addition, a little male named Minzoto (“Stars”). The complete astral family!
Tshilomba, now an experienced mother, stayed overnight in the forest. Sanza had entered the night building with her brother who looks after her well. The following morning Tshilomba appeared with the tiny male clutching onto her belly.
Both mother and baby are doing very well.
© Zanna Clay/ABC
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Take a look at Lola ya Bonobo’s new staff bus, entirely decorated in scenes of bonobos and the rainforest!
Like our very fist bus back in 2002, the bus is starting back up with its educational job on its daily drive through the city of Kinshasa all the way to Lola ya Bonobo!
A huge thank you to “Soso Pembe” (Claudine’s Congolese nickname) who, thanks to the Award that she received last April from Colombus Zoo, has given her deserving staff this new symbol on wheels that pays homage to the Bonobos of the DRC!
The appointment of Mr Pierrot Mbonzo as the Director of ‘Lola ya Bonobo’ has been announced. With evident pleasure, Madame Claudine Andre, the founding President, gave the news to all staff, sanctuary personnel and the management group of the ABC Association Committee at their monthly meeting. Having worked together for over ten years at Lola ya Bonobo, Pierrot Mbonzo and Claudine Andre agreed that there should be no surprises in the continuity following the change in command. Claudine wished Pierrot every success and asked the staff to guarantee their full collaboration to make sure his new position leads forward to good things.
The staff gather together to celebrate Pierrot Mbonzo taking up his new post as Director of Lola ya Bonobo.
As always, keeper Jean-Claude can be relied upon to create a good atmosphere… 50 seconds later all the staff was on their feet and dancing!
Bolomba is regaining the use of her right arm.
Today she is able to lift her arm above her head! What a long way she has come since arriving in October! Bolomba had been caught in a snare in September in the depths of the equatorial rainforest. A rescue mission was launched to bring her back from a small village near Bolomba. We believe her to be approximately ten years old.
If she continues on this path it won’t be long before she is introduced into one of the enclosures with the “Big” bonobos!
On the first of March we received an anonymous phone call informing us that there was a baby bonobo in a bar not far from the international airport of Kinshasa. Without wasting time, Pierrot, Suzy and Blaise headed out to verify the information. Indeed, at the bar they found a little female, she had a cold and was feverish. We had to act fast! She was exposed to all the customers and with a little questioning we found out that the bar owner had the ambition of collecting a number of wild animals in order to attract more customers!!!
The very next day, at our request, the Secretary General for the Environment organised the official confiscation carried out by two inspectors who were sent to the bar. They were accompanied by our nurse, Anne-Marie, ready to begin the health care straight away. “Ndjili”, named after the airport, arrived at Lola at 4.30pm that day.
With all these arrivals so close together, our substitution mothers are all taken! We turned to Saharive, our washerwoman, who has already been adopted by the little ones in the nursery. She has taken on the care of Ndjili, at least for the quarantine period.
Luckily, Ndjili has had a few visits from Rocky and Mystique to distract her during her quarantine.
Ndjili with her Mama and Mistique!
Ndjili and Rocky
Lukuru, in the nursery since arriving in 2008 is now one of the biggest in the gang… but she is far from being the most turbulent and has stayed so gentle! For a long time now she has been the one that we first introduce the new orphans to. She is self-confident yet gentle and knows just how to reassure them during their integration into the nursery.
Lukuru and Kipolo… a true friendship!
When Kipolo arrived in June 2010 it was Lukuru who first welcomed him. From then on they were inseparable… As only a true friend would, she stayed by his side and helped him best she could when he became blind. The Mamas tell of how Lukuru would take Kipolo by the arm or by the hand to lead him over to the Mamas for the food distribution. She has always been there for him… Then Kipolo had his surgery and his sight was restored… finally free, he soon became the terror of the nursery, being rough with all the others… even Lukuru!!! She stayed faithful though and remained by his side accepting his turbulence and “violence”!
Kipolo and Lukuru 2010
Kipolo has since left the nursery to join the big guys in enclosure 3… and who better to accompany him to his destination to reassure him? None other than Lukuru of course!
Lukuru, finding herself without her Kipolo has become good friends with Bolomba one of latest arrivals. Lukuru is the ideal friend for this young female who, despite arriving at the advanced age of eight, often needs to be rassured! Lukuru’s speciality!
I believe we can thank her for the precious help that she has supplied with all of the new orphans… joining the nursery is so much easier with Lukuru by your side!