Lola Ya Bonobo was founded in 1994 by Claudine Andre. Lola ya Bonobo is the sanctuary of the None Government Organization (NGO). Since 2002, the sanctuary has been located at Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, just outside of Kinshasa city in DR. Congo.
Lola ya Bonobo mean ‘paradise for bonobos’ in Lingala, the main language of Kinshasa In 2007, Lola ya Bonobo protects over 60 bonobos who live in 30 hectares of primary forest. The main supporters of Lola Ya Bonobo are from United States of America (USA). Lola Ya Bonobo is the only world’s sanctuary for orphaned Bonobos. Lola ya Bonobo is a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance.
Typically, Bonobos arrive as young infants. The bush meat trade in Congo sees hundreds of bonobos killed each year for meat and the infants are sold as pets. When confiscated, these infant bonobos are taken to Lola ya Bonobo. They begin life at the sanctuary with close care from a substitute human mother, but are usually quickly ready to be integrated into a peer group, and shortly afterwards into one of the large mixed-age social groups.
Though Bonobos are in captivity, they live in an environment similar to the natural habitat! They can forage among dozens of edible plants and fruiting trees, compete for mating opportunities, and learn to avoid dangers such as stepping on venomous snakes just as they would in the wild. Like Chimpanzees and Gorillas, Bonobos are also intelligent and are capable of using tools like stones, metal and so on.
Bonobos live in social groups and the females live their parental groups to socialize with the dominant male in other group. Females that have strong bonds keep males away from food and often attack males, biting off their fingers and toes.
Among the bonobos, Sex serves purposes other than reproduction such as appeasement, affection, social status, erotic games, reconciliation, excitement, and stress reduction.