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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Lola ya Bonobo is the world’s only organization to provide lifetime care to bonobos orphaned by the illegal trade in endangered wildlife. We are on the front line in the battle to protect bonobos in the only country they are found – The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Target demographics: bonobos and people in the DR Congo.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Countless bonobos (especially the 75 at Lola and the 30 released plus countless wild bonobos), thousands of students and DR Congo citizens through education, employment, and economic development.

Geographic areas served: Democratic Republic of Congo

Programs: Lola ya Bonobo rescues orphan bonobos from the illegal bushmeat trade, rehabilitates these bonobos at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, and when possible releases them back to the wild at Ekolo ya Bonobo, deep in the heart of the Congo rainforest. Our Mission Lola ya Bonobo is the world’s only organization to provide lifetime care to bonobos orphaned by the illegal trade in endangered wildlife. We are on the front line in the battle to protect bonobos in the only country they are found – The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the job they do. It's really important for whole world. I'm supporting another non profit in Kenya, but as soon as things will be better I will support Lola ya Bonobo as well.

Doug Piero C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think bonobos may be the most important species to conserve. Lolaya Bonobo does brilliant work. They document everything they do online, you can see it for yourself. Such hard work, they need more funding too. I am being as generous as I can be and will continue to always contribute funds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read about bonobos and their evolution of an empathetic, sharing, cooperative and loving instinct in Jeremy Griffith's book, Freedom, and then read Bonobo Handshake by Vanessa Woods, about Lola. This is fantastic work they're doing for a unique and important species found only in this part of the world. I believe they hold the key to how we humans developed our moral conscience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can see that the entire staff truly love and care for the Bonobos. They are cared for so well. There is always a display of love going on there.!

Carolyn B.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about bonobos just five years ago. Have fallen in love with them. They so need our protection.....please help save them!

Taiyo O.

Donor

Rating: 5

These guys are doing God’s work. They frequently post videos of their “substitute mamas” nurturing and playing with the bonobos, most of whom have gone through traumatic experiences. It’s very easy to see the work they’re doing is necessary for the continuation of one of our closest cousins’ species. They are also interactive with those who support them and/or follow them on social media.

Gwen T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I read a book about it, and now I really wish I could visit it !!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a huge fan of Jane Goodall I’ve always been interested in learning about primates. Lolaya Bono always shows such an interesting perspective and always makes me more dedicated in animal conservation as someone pursing environmental studies. Their posts make me thankful for their work, that there are people like this out there!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I so love keeping up with these beautiful animals
The dedication and love shown by their human friends is truly humbling

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following Lola ya Bonobo a few months ago. I was struck by their dedication, their kind and gentle nature with the animals and their commitment to educating the public.
They appear to be addressing the immediate needs of the Bonobo as well as the preservation of the animal into the future. I admire their work and support their mission.

Catina M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofits around!! And extremely dedicated and caring staff!!

Debbie K.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Lola ya Bonobo for a few years now, and I they are one of the best organizations ever. Every person I have seen is so incredibly caring and knowledgeable, and they are literally helping to save a precious and unique species!
From the people risking their lives to save the poor babies to the loving mamas caring for them, and everyone else, they are giving the world a tremendous gift, and I am happy to help support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I see videos and read articles of all the fantastic work they do and I also donate for the care of these precious animals. I also watched a documentary of how Ashley Judd, a movie star in the U.S. is very much into the Bonobo’s. The sanctuaries and rescue centers are so important for Bonobo’s, chimps and great apes, we need their survival.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Bonobos are a delightful member of the category of Great Apes. I am lucky in the UK to be able to see them at Twycross Zoo but it is important to know that someone is protecting them in the wild and looking after them when things go wrong. There are not many organisations like Lola ya Bonobo and they seem to be devoted to looking after the orphans they rescue. I'd like to get a chance to visit next time I am in Africa.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm lucky. I'm one of the privileged few who have actually had the opportunity to visit Lola Ya Bonobo in Kinshasa. What I found there was an incredibly dedicated and passionate staff saving a species of Great Ape, mankind's closest living relative. Central to their entire mission is educating a new generation of DR Congolese of their value -- after all, bonobos are only found in the DRC and for long term survival, it is essential to enlist the youth. To see first hand the care in the nursery of the surrogate mothers, traumatized and rescued from the pet trade, to their careful and thoughtful introduction to makeshift family groups, to their evaluation and selection for a slow release back into the wild is nothing short of miraculous and extraordinary! I can only imagine the heightened difficulty under the covid-19 quarantine, but i have no doubt this organization and staff will get it done! I am proud to support this organization --- they are a credit to the human race! Sincerely JOEL G

Donor

Rating: 5

My heart goes to the helpless bonobos babies that need our help to survive the brutality of illegal trade in endangered wildlife. They are not pets or food for human consumption. They are very much like us humans -proven by being our closest cousins through DNA. We have much to learn from their kindness to each other and can only do that by supporting the efforts of this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about bonobos when I was 16, and wanted to be a primatologist. I've gone down a different career path, but bonobos have been in my heart ever since. I believe bonobos are nothing short of revolutionary, in terms of research into our evolutionary past. Right now (speaking as an American), I see so much hate without real cause, and chimps being propped up as our history and our destiny for societal ways of being. But with bonobos, we are given a much more complicated picture of great apes & ourselves. I look into a chimp's eyes and see a family member. In bonobos, I also see hope.

As long as I am employed, part-time or salaried, I have vowed to give $500 (minimum) to the Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary each year, and barring that, I request that birthday &/or Christmas gifts be donations to the sanctuary. Their survival and knowledge truly mean the world to me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to support Friends of Bonobos/Lola ya Bonobo because the organization is based on love, and the world needs more of that! They do critical work in often challenging circumstances to rescue and protect endangered bonobos in the Congo, and they do it extremely well. And it's the only place in the world like it! I feel like my money is well spent when I give to Friends of Bonobos/Lola ya Bonobo.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This beautiful place is the only place on earth where bonobos are rescued and rehabilitated. The team is dedicated and provides excellent care. I am proud to support them.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work they do is an inspiration to anyone working in this field.

3 Maria T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a serious, ambitious and emphatetic organisation that helps one of our closest relatives to survive and thrive. By supporting this organisation monthly I support my own identity and well-being as well. Because a world with bonobos is a world full of hope. I am grateful for all their work and wonderful resultats!

1 Holly C.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to work on the documentary : “Walking with the great apes”, and it became clear that bonobos rescued after being poached and in captivity would have no where to go and no way of surviving without Lola Ya Bonobo, and their dedication to proper care and in some cases, release of individuals that can survive in the wild. Their education program also teaches local Congolese that Bonobos belong in the wild and deserve protection in the forest. This outreach is SO important!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Friends of Bonobos/Lola ya Bonobo. I read their social media feeds daily and get so much inspiration from following the day-to-day progress of the orphaned bonobos in the loving hands of such amazing caregivers. The work they are doing to rehabilitate and release these bonobos is so important and so critical to the survival of this species in the wild. I hope they will receive the recognition and rewards they so richly deserve.

2 Louise C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

+ on sera, + nos amis bonobos seront heureux....
Il est important d’agir vite...

2 Regina Dentata T.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are helping orphaned bonobos that would otherwise die on their own. We need to save these before humankind wipes them out.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Loloya Bonobo is CRITICAL to the wellness and survivorship of Bonobos as a species, which we have so so much to learn from. They do excellent work and could do even better with additional attention and financial support! Please look into this amazing sanctuary and rehabilitation program that saves the lives of bonobos who are mistreated and hunted every day. Bonobos are the future.

1 Anne69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am inspired and humbled by these lovely people and amazing animals

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to stay at the sanctuary on a recent visit to Kinshasa. I witnessed first hand their dedication and devotion to the care of these Great Apes. They have my undying respect. Excellent organization and staff!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Lola ya Bonobo for several years now. They are just an amazing organization in terms of the care that they provide to orphaned and rescued bonobos; and, in terms of their educational outreach locally and globally. Their work is a truly inspirational and I am proud to support their mission.

3 Pauline G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely brilliant bunch of women helping some of the most vulnerable babies in the world. Gentle, kind and full of understanding they give their love and time to raise orphans as their own and release these chimpanzees back to the forests. Those also behind the scenes are doing an amazing job setting up and administrating so this can all be accomplished. I cannot recommend this organization enough. Brilliant!

3 Lemarcq V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautifull mothers with a heart that makes no differences...in their eyes you can see hope for future and in their hands you can see true love

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have a personal story but I do so enjoy watching these beautiful creatures being taken care of by such dedicated and joyful people. I've watched so many of these poor animals survive and thrive and I truly think this is God's work. I wish I were younger and healthier. I would roll my sleeves up and get in there with them. They are truly worth recognition for t heir hard work and deserve any and every thing good that comes their way.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been a donor to this wonderful organization. They do an amazing job and remain steadfast in the face all the destruction that we’re inflicting on our closest cousins. Thank you for all you do and kudos to you for making this world a better place and reminding us that there’s still some good left in this world.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lola ya Bonobo does truly amazing work for magnificent animals that should be appreciated and loved, just like Lola ya Bonobo itself!

4 Lhuan

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization makes such a great work and without asking for much. They take care of the bonobos and keep their followers informed on how the help is distributed, also you can see the evolve of the little bonobos to Adults. It's incredible to see how much Lola has helped the bonobos through the years.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm proud to have volunteered with Friends of Bonobos for several years. The passion and dedication of the volunteers, board members, and staff of both FoB and the bonobo sanctuary they support, Lola ya Bonobo, is truly inspiring. Lola is the world's only bonobo sanctuary, and its work of rescuing orphaned young bonobos, nurturing them in a safe environment, and eventually releasing them into their natural habitat, is unique and invaluable.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Bonobos is doing incredibly important work, I support it 100 percent!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Bonobos inspires me with its important work!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting Friends of Bonobos for years and it is the most effective and efficiently run nonprofit I have ever been connected to. It is powered by an exceptionally dedicated group of staff and volunteers, most of whom have been with the agency for a very long time and who work together extraordinarily well to overcome the countless daunting obstacles inherent in the Congolese context.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past 15 years, more than 95 cents on every dollar raised by Friends of Bonobos has served to support the amazing bonobo rescue and conservation work at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary and Ekolo ya Bonobo reintroduction site in the DRC. It has been a privilege being associated with the organization, seeing growing awareness and interest in bonobos in the US, and the increased and well-deserved recognition for the pioneering work of Ms. Claudine Andre. Ms Andre has successfully managed the difficult transition to the next generation of conservation leaders in Ms. Fanny Minesi. Building on this strong foundation, Ms Minesi is working with local communities and national environmental authorities to consolidate and expand the impact of bonobo reintroductions on biodiversity conservation at Ekolo ya Bonobo, an exciting new development.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great visit with a lot of insight information from the staff and got to understand what great work is done there! It was so great to see especially the young Bonobos just enjoying themselves under the observant eyes of their individual nannies! :) Looked like they were just about to do some nonsense the minute they looked away! So great to see them protected!

3 Karla B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Lola ya Bonobo is doing essential work to save a species that reflects the better half of Human Nature. There are updates on Facebook are insightful and inspiring. I don't need happily to them every year

2 Rachel S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They say the most underrepresented great ape and they are the only ones rehabilitate them to go back to the wild!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Friend of Bonobos/Lola ya Bonobo for several years. They have given the world a gift by allowing us insight into the bonobo world. More importantly, they have given this species a second chance. They have done so with their hands on work and with the passion they have shared with the world.
Wishing them many more years of successful work and wishing the bonobo an outstanding comeback.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing place , amazing people doing an incredible job !!!!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great job done there by the whole team: vet, animal attendants, substitute mothers, and each member of the staff.
They love “their” bonobos and know them very well.
My stay at Lola has been a very good moment, full of discoveries, friendships and I’ve been the witness of all the involvement of the staff to rescue and rehabilitate the bonobos.
Thank you to the whole team in the name of the bonobos.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to support Lola ya Bonobo through the work of Friends of Bonobos. This is an organization that has tremendous impact on the ground for bonobos and people. Having worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo at Lola ya Bonobo since 2005 It has been so rewarding to see how effective the sanctuary has been at fighting the illegal bushmeat trade, educating Congolese about this extraordinary animal and releasing bonobos back into the wild.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Among the most heroic and highly regarded wildlife conservationists in the world are the people who make a lifetime commitment to rescuing, rehabilitating - and in some cases -releasing, illegally trafficked wild animals. Bonobos are the closest living relatives of humans and they are endangered due to the activities of people. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary is the only sanctuary in the world that cares for bonobos rescued from the cruel and illegal international wildlife trade. Very young bonobos that have been torn from their wild families arrive at Lola ya Bonobo - physically and emotionally traumatized. They enter into the loving and expert care of the staff and volunteers at the sanctuary, where they begin their journey to regain their health and resume their lives with other bonobos. I am proud to support the brave and compassionate people who have been called to this important work.