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Is There a 'Doctor' in the House?

Dec. 8, 2020


We are delighted to announce that our founder, bonobo hero Claudine André, was chosen to receive an honorary doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Bern, Switzerland! Claudine was one of seven chosen to receive degrees from the university this year.


The faculty honored her lifetime of achievement and praised her for being:

  • a strong woman in Africa

  • a heroine of animal welfare

  • always thinking positively and never giving up

  • dedicated to the preservation and protection of bonobos

  • dedicated to the biodiversity of our planet.

Claudine has devoted her life to bonobos - their rescue, care, and release back to the wild where they belong. She pioneered an approach to saving the lives of traumatized bonobo orphans -- with mothering and love -- that proves successful time after time. She raises awareness of endangered bonobos and the threats to their survival worldwide.


Kudos to a true ecoheroine!

Claudine Andre and a bonobo gazing at each other
Claudine gazes at a friendly bonobo

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