Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary: This sanctuary was founded in 1994 by Claudine Andre in Kinshasa to protect Bonobos – also known as pygmy chimpanzees. Lola Ya bonobo means “paradise of bonobo” in the Congolese local language. Bonobos are only found in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are A safari in Congoman’s closest relatives along with the common chimpanzee. They have for long been victims of poaching and encroachment into their original habitats. They are hunted down mostly for meat and as pets by animal traffickers. The sanctuary was established to rescue young orphans that were left alone in the forest after losing their parents to poachers. Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary also helps educate and raise awareness about the bonobos. Once rescued, the orphaned bonobo is introduced into a forest in the sanctuary to begin the process of rehabilitation and integration with others. As they interact with other individuals in the sanctuary, they slowly get back their lives and can then be ready to be taken back into the wild. The sanctuary provides resident bonobos with excellent care from caregivers and international volunteers.

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