Meet Lolabu




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Sankuru Province

February 10th, 2019

3 years

Mama Micheline

Lolabu is kind to all and loves to eat surgarcane!

Kind-Hearted Lolabu

Meet Lolabu! This little bonobo is a three-year-old male in the nursery group at Lola. Since he came to us in March of 2019, he has adapted well to sanctuary life. He is very playful and kind to everyone in the nursery, bonobos and mamas alike. His best friends are Ingende and Mama Micheline, but Lolabu is always very friendly and inclusive of others. 


The Search

Like many of the other nursery bonobos, Lolabu was a victim of illegal wildlife trafficking. His captors had hidden him away in a dark warehouse, but thankfully, local law enforcement received a tip about his whereabouts. With their help, we tried to rescue him, but when we arrived, he’d been moved. Law enforcement kept at it until they finally found Lolabu and confiscated him. Immediately after, they brought him to Lola ya Bonobo, and we were able to welcome our newest baby with open arms. 

Path to Lola Ya Bonobo

Fortunately, Lolabu’s time with the wildlife traffickers was short, and we were grateful to see that he was in relatively good shape when he arrived. Although he was very shy and very stressed, he wasn’t too malnourished, and he had a great appetite from day one. After passing his health checks, Lolabu was given to Mama Micheline, who has acted as a devoted surrogate mother ever since. 

Lolabu was rescued around the same time as another baby bonobo, Ingende. To ease their transition, the two boys were introduced to each other before they entered the nursery. They quickly became fast friends and have remained close throughout their time at Lola. 

Flourishing  Days

Today, Lolabu is doing great. He’s made amazing progress since his arrival, and we have big hopes for him in the future. Here at Lola, little Lolabu has found a loving family and many friends to run and play with. Although he is afraid of human men, he trusts all the other mothers in the nursery. We hope someday that he will be a good candidate for release into the wild, where he can roam free and start a big family to help his endangered species. 

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