CHIBO est the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued in May 2010 and sent to LOLA… 7 years later, Franck and CHIBO meet again: the bonobo seems shy, hesitating but then starts interacting with Franck as he probably recognises the person who saved his life…
VIDÉO – J.A.C.K. à LOLA YA BONOBOCHIBO est le jeune bonobo que J.A.C.K. a sauvé en mai 2010 et a transféré à LOLA… Retrouvailles 7 ans plus tard avec Franck: CHIBO semble timide, confus et finit par interagir avec Franck car il reconnaît celui qui lui a sauvé la vie…——VIDEO – J.A.C.K. at LOLA YA BONOBOCHIBO est the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued in May 2010 and sent to LOLA… 7 years later, Franck and CHIBO meet again: the bonobo seems shy, hesitating but then starts interacting with Franck as he probably recognises the person who saved his life…
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Franck had to travel several times to Kinshasa these last weeks and he of course couldn’t stay in the capital without going to the bonobo sanctuary of Lola. It is always a pleasure visiting Claudine André and the Lola ya Bonobo team and it also forges stronger links between our two sanctuaries.
When at Lola the first time, Franck had the biggest surprise ever: bonobo CHIBO recognised him on post and screamed of happines and surprise. Remember, CHIBO is the bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued in May 2010 and we flew him to Lola after his quaranteen period at J.A.C.K.
Each time Chibo sees Franck, he becomes over excited, screams, runs and rolls all over the place… Franck is always impressed and touched by such attitude and it makes him feel Chibo recognisez him too well and knows that it was Franck who rescued him that special day of 2010…
Chibo is doing great and is still well integrated in his group. Lola keepers mentioned he had chimp’attitudes at the beginning, but we can forgive him given CHIBO is the bonobo rescued by J.A.C.K., a chimp sanctuary!
Many thanks to Lola and its team for all the wonderful work!
Do you remember “Chibo”, the young bonobo J.A.C.K. rescued 2 years ago in Lubumbashi?
“Chibo” was kept on a farm here in Lubumbashi and the day J.A.C.K. rescued the primate it was to send it to the bonobo sanctuary of Lola ya Bonobo in Kinshasa. This is how “Chibo” stayed a few weeks with us in Lubumbashi before he was flown to Kinshasa to meet others of his own kind.
Today, 2 years later, Shibombo (he was renamed by Lola) is doing great and left the nursery group about 6 months ago to join the older bonobos of group 3.
Yes, Shibombo had become too strong and too tricky to stay with the little ones and that is why he is now in a group of 10 bonobos with whom he is getting on well. His good friend is Moyi, the son of chief Tshilomba.
We thank the team of Lola for having given Shibombo the best present ever which is the chance to live in a group with other bonobos. We miss “Chibo” a lot but we are extremely happy to see him doing so well at Lola and if he is happy, we are happy too!
What happened some days ago was just amazing, magic and heart breaking at the same time. I am still dreaming . I still have my head full of bonobo noises, tropical scents and of exceptional moments… I will never forget these precious and last exchanges I had with “Chibo”, the Bonobo….
Yes, as mentioned previously, it was decided the baby bonobo recently rescued by J.A.C.K. would be transferred to Lola ya Bonobo, the bonobo sanctuary in Kinshasa. And I had been chosen to be the last main ‘J.A.C.K.’ actor of this story.
By 6 o’clock in the morning on Saturday both “Chibo” and myself were ready to go. Papa Augustin had asked to spend the night close to the little one as to put him early in the wooden crate before telling him a last goodbye….
At Lubumbashi airport, we were lucky. Claudine of Lola and her team had organised transfer thanks to Mr Stavros, manager of Hewa Bora Airways, who we kindly thank for his participation because he accepted to transfer “Chibo” for free.
Also, thanks to Franck and the Provincial Environment Authorities, all the legal documents had been done in time and I knew there was no reason at all to be nervous as everything had been perfectly organised. “Chibo” was very calm and hardly ever made a noise; I sometimes had the feeling I was travelling with an empty crate…
Just a few minutes after landing at Kinshasa airport, Lola’s team and the airport security (RVA)were waiting for us. We all managed to leave the airport very fast and this was a good thing as I don’t know if “Chibo” would have agreed to wait until everlasting talks had found an end.
Compared to Lubumbashi, the weather was very warm and humid. Although “Chibo” was doing alright at the back of the car we decided to stop once to give him some fresh water and fruit (grapes, his favorites!)
Arrival at the Sanctuary of Lola ya Bonobo was full of emotions. It was high time to get “Chibo” out of the crate and to have a close health check. The young bonobo shouted of contentment while jumping into my arms and hugged me so tightly I could hardly breathe…
Because “Chibo” had slight fever, I bathed him and I walked with him for while in the gardens of Lola.
“Chibo” was very excited, made plenty of vocals expressing his fears and emotions of what was going on.
Then, he heard other bonobos making softer noises and ran to the nursery enclosure. We all followed him. I suddenly felt my role had just ended and that is was now LOLA and especially ‘CHIBO’ to decide of what was going to happen next.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. This moment was magic! “Chibo” encountering friends of his own kind was the aim of my mission…
Since that moment, I personally decided to remain behind the scene. I was deeply convinced baby “Chibo” was in good hands and, although it broke my heart not to stay that longer any more very close to him, I knew J.A.C.K. had done the best thing: to offer this little one a new home and a new life…
Today, ‘Chibo’ has a new mum : Maman Micheline !
Along with Kipolo, a bonobo who arrived 2 days before Chibo, our little friend spends his days with Maman Micheline. He’s doing fine, learning a lot about bonobo behaviour and we are very proud of his progress !
“Chibo” has now a new name. Yes, I know, changing names isn’t always good. But all the bonobos at Lola must have names of DRC places. The little boy is now called “Shibombo” which is quite similar to the name we gave him at J.A.C.K.
Before I end, I wish to thank all the people who took part in this bonobo transfer. Great thanks especially to the DRC Authorities (Provincial Ministry of Environment), Claudine André and the team of Lola, Mr Jean and Mr Michel of R.V.A / Kinshasa airport and Mr Stavros and all his team of HEWA BORA AIRWAYS.
Merci à tous pour votre particpation à ce transfert exceptionnel; grâce à votre assistance, le sanctuaire J.A.C.K. a réussi la mission qu’il s’était donnée càd donner une nouvelle vie et une nouvelle chance à ce jeune bonobo. MERCI pour LUI !
I also want to thank our little “Chibo” who has given us at J.A.C.K. so much love and joy. He will be in our hearts FOREVER!!!!
PS/ to read about Chibo’s arrival seen through Lola ya Bonobo’s eyes, go to :
Aren’t bonobos meant to be found in the central basin of the DRC? somewhere not far from the Congo River?
Well, yes, this is theory. But actually, bonobos unlike so many other Great Apes (chimpanzees, gorillas) are now on sale on several local markets throughout the country because of bushmeat and because of pet trade demand…
End of May, our friend and J.A.C.K. volunteer, Sue, contacted us saying there was a bonobo in Lubumbashi. The bonobo had been bought recently and was kept by a high ranking authority starting its own wildlife and ecotouristic centre/farm about 1 hour driving from the city of Lubumbashi.
Franck decided to visit the place and why not try to meet this very important DRC person? A bonobo in Lubumbashi, Katanga, this was complete nonsense!
While being on the farm, the bonobo was running around. Thin, with hardly no hair and a big belly, the young animal seemed fine but missing so much warmth and appropriate care.
Franck talked to the manager saying that the bonobo was going to die if it wasn’t in good hands and sent to Lola ya Bonobo in Kinshasa…
Talks lasted quite long. At the end of the day, Franck drove back to Lubumbashi with the bonobo in the car. Sue and her friend Sherryl working on that farm had managed to talk to this authority and it seemed fine to put the bonobo in a place where it would have all the love and care.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t put the bonobo in our chimpanzee quarantine area. Because the little male needed a lot of attention, it was decided to keep him at home with Carole, member of our French J.A.C.K. team and coming to help at J.A.C.K. for a few weeks. Carole created an impressive bound between her and the young bonobo. In a few hours time, she had become his new mum and they got on extremely well together.
Meanwhile, although Franck never met the authority, he was told this latter had agreed to hand over the bonobo to the DRC Environment authorities and that confiscation papers have been delivered by the Ministry of Environment. Thank you, Sir, for having handed over the bonobo and for trusting J.A.C.K. Merci pour votre geste, Monsieur, et pour avoir fait confiance à J.A.C.K.
Also, something had to be done as it was clear this little “Bobo” or “Chibo” couldn’t stay with us in Lubumbashi. Franck contacted Claudine and her team of Lola and now a plan is being set up to fly the young bonobo to Lola ya Bonobo (Kinshasa) where he will be among others of his own kind.
Carole has gone back to France and it is now Papa Augustin who is taking good care of the baby.
Once called ‘Bobo’ (on the farm), then ‘Chibo’ (at J.A.C.K.), this little one will have a new name upon arrival at Lola. Our little friend is ready to fly, has gained in weight and strength. The flight will be in the coming days. I am very excited and extremely fortunate as I am the one who will fly with the little boy in order to introduce him to his new life.
I’ll come back soon with the end of this long story and with lots of pictures,
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