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Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary (85) More files... by Cyril Ruoso
Founded by Claudine Andre in 1994 Lola ya Bonobo is the only sanctuary in the world catering to the lifetime care of our closest primate relatives - we share 98.7% of tour DNA with them. Translating to 'paradise for bonobos' the refuge is a home to 52 bonobos who live in 30 hectares of primary forest. They are on the front line in the battle to protect these highly endangered primates in the only country they are found The Democratic Republic of Congo. No one is sure how many are left in the wild but the number could be as few as 5,000 individuals.

It is illegal to sell bonobos. Without a sanctuary, there would be no way to enforce this law. There is currently a trade in bonobos who are sold as pets in Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Mothers and whole communities are killed for bush meat and a bonobo infant can sell for US $60,000 on the black market. When bonobos are confiscated by the police there must be somewhere to put them otherwise the animals will be killed or kept in cages. With the sanctuary, not only is there a safe, rich environment where the adults and rescued orphans can live a normal life, but some of these orphans may eventually be reintroduced into the wild. Over the years the orphans have given birth to young of their own - expanding the population of these protected animals.
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan infants at feeding time with their adoptive mothers, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620708 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan infants at feeding time with their adoptive mothers, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan infants at feeding time with their adoptive mothers, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620709 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan infants at feeding time with their adoptive mothers, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) with her adoptive family who taught the Bonobo mother to care for and nurse her baby, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620690 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) with her adoptive family who taught the Bonobo mother to care for and nurse her baby, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), bath time for orphan infants with their adoptive mother, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620717 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), bath time for orphan infants with their adoptive mother, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) orphan baby with adoptive mother, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620710 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) orphan baby with adoptive mother, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), grooming a keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620075 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), grooming a keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), grooming a visitor, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620076 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), grooming a visitor, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), with Claudine Andre, manager, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620074 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), with Claudine Andre, manager, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), baby does not recognize himself in a mirror, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620078 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), baby does not recognize himself in a mirror, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan with Henrietta, a human adoptive mother, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620077 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), orphan with Henrietta, a human adoptive mother, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620081 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), four drinking water with their keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620079 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), four drinking water with their keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) playing with their keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620080 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) playing with their keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), group playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620083 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), group playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), group playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620082 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), group playing with keeper, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) seized in Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on the 22 of December 2005 is returning to Africa to Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00621180 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) seized in Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on the 22 of December 2005 is returning to Africa to Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) seized in Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on the 22 of December 2005 is returning to Africa to Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00621181 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) seized in Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris on the 22 of December 2005 is returning to Africa to Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) smiling while laying on ground, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620050 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) smiling while laying on ground, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) juvenile pair making funny faces, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620072 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) juvenile pair making funny faces, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) pair of orphans hugging, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620691 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) pair of orphans hugging, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female with newborn a few hours old, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620692 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female with newborn a few hours old, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female nursing newborn a few hours old, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620695 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female nursing newborn a few hours old, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620694 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female kissing newborn rooting for the nipple, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620697 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female kissing newborn rooting for the nipple, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), newborn rooting for the nipple, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620696 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), newborn rooting for the nipple, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620701 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620702 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female nursing newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620703 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female nursing newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620689 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola ya Bonobo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620700 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620693 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), female with newborn, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620068 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620069 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620070 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620067 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) using rocks as a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) subadult couple mating face to face in water, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620071 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) subadult couple mating face to face in water, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) orphans, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620730 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) orphans, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female orphan calling, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620699 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female orphan calling, Sanctuary Lola Ya Bonobo Chimpanzee, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female portrait, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620048 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) female portrait, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) male portrait, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620049 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) male portrait, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) eating sugar cane, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620051 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) eating sugar cane, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a nine year old male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620052 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a nine year old male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620053 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620054 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620055 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620056 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus), portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620057 Bonobo (Pan paniscus), portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620058 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) portrait of a male, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) adult male in a tree, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620059 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) adult male in a tree, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) two juveniles in a tree, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620060 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) two juveniles in a tree, ABC Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Cyril Ruoso
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