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Friends of Bonobos/Lola ya Bonobo

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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.

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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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.

1 Louise C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 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!

2 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

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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.

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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.

2

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!

3 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.

3

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Bonobos inspires me with its important work!

3

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.

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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.

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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!