We were eager to head in to the field to see the wild bonobos and Iyaelima tribe of Salonga National Park. Bonobos are shy, forest dwelling primates and are exceedingly difficult to view in the wild.
At the start of our trip, we visited the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, near of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The sanctuary is home to more than 50 bonobos and is an excellent place to gain an understanding of how similar these great apes are to humans. Staring into the face of a young bonobo is a remarkable experience.
—Photographer Robert J. Ross
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