Africa

Saving the bonobos

Updated 10:04 PM ET, Thu January 3, 2013
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The bonobo is an endangered ape found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
Claudine Andre, left, founded Lola Ya Bonobo in the DRC in the mid-1990s, the world's first and only bonobo sanctuary. Courtesy Lola Ya Bonobo
The sanctuary is today home to more than 60 bonobos, many of which are young orphans. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images/file
In November 2012, hunters in Bolomba contacted the sanctuary about this injured young orphan because they "didn't want to catch a bonobo in their trap." Courtesy Lola Ya Bonobo
The little female, named Bolomba, has now arrived at Lola Ya Bonobo where she received treatment for her broken arm. Courtesy Lola Ya Bonobo
Female bonobos are usually in charge of the group. Bonobos mate and use a variety of sexual behaviors to build social relationships. CNN
Also called "pygmy chimpanzees," bonobos feed mainly in trees. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images/file
They eat mostly fruit and other vegetation such as herbs and roots. CNN