Meet Lutula




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Lodja, Sankuru Province

March 18th, 2018

3 years


Lutula is playful and outgoing; she loves inventing new games!

Introducing Lotula

Loveable Lutula is one of the oldest bonobos currently in the nursery. As our reigning nursery queen, she is a friend to everyone in the group and has many leadership qualities. Lutula is very social, and always makes sure to include the littlest bonobos in her games. She’s especially close to Balangala, and we can’t wait to see them grow up together when they join the adult group. 


Her Journey

Lutula arrived at the sanctuary in February 2018, after her family was killed by poachers in the wild. When we rescued her from the wildlife trade in Kinshasa, she was in very bad condition. Malnourished, underweight, and frightened, little Lutula would have died if she had not come to us. Thankfully, with the care of our veterinary team, and the love of her new surrogate mother Peguy, Lutula slowly recovered. 


Growing Into a Leader

Today, she is almost unrecognizable compared to the shy little girl who we met two years ago. Although she’s almost five now, Lutula is still very close with her adopted mother Peguy, and the two will always have a special relationship. She’s incredibly outgoing and loves to eat - so much so that the staff have teasingly started to refer to her as “The Foodmonster!” Lutula is very playful, and is always inventing new games. 


She loves little babies, and can be counted on to befriend the shy new arrivals and include them in her games. One of her favorite games is practicing building nests on the ground, which is a skill she will need as an adult in the wild. We’re so grateful to have Lutula as part of our family at Lola, and we are so proud of her success in the past two years. Stay tuned as she grows up and becomes a charismatic leader at Lola! 


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