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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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.

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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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of Bonobos inspires me with its important work!

2

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!

2 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

1 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!

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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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

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.

2

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.

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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.