And we welcome another little orphan… We heard of a little bonobo approximately four years of age who had just been bought buy a high ranking authority near Lubumbashi in the province of Katanga, right on the other side of the country. Our friends from the Chimpanzee sanctuary J.A.C.K. (http://jack.wildlifedirect.org/ ) in Lubumbashi went to see the little guy. He had lost most of his hair and was very thin with a big belly (sign of malnutrition) but seemed otherwise healthy.
We thank the RVA (Congolese Air-traffic Control) and Hewa Bora and their staff for having made his transfer so easy, to rejoin his own here at Lola ya Bonobo. Here he is on his first day in Lola.
Since that day, the little bonobo with his short re-growth hair, who has since been named ‘Shibombo’ after a small town near Lubumbashi, has joined our nursery. On first meeting his new playmates we were overjoyed to see him running around, laughing and desperately trying to get the attention of little Lukuru (who was much more interested by what was in Maman Micheline’s lunchbox)! Lunchtime over, they ran around us in circles, chasing each other and tickling each other… what a wonderful first introduction!
Shibo with Fanny and Roxanne on his first day at Lola.
Now it is Maman Micheline’s who will give him the love, the attention and the protection that he needs. See how Shibo enjoys bath-time, here with Maman Espérance.
“Welcome to Lola Shibo…”
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