Twycross Zoo supports conservation project Lola ya bonobo based in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Lola ya Bonobo’s headquarters is approximately 5777 miles from Twycross Zoo – so we challenge you to walk at least 5777 steps a day for a whole month!
Just like us, Bonobos are omnivores but can you take on the challenge of eating more plant-based items in your diet? Instead of 5 fruits and vegetables a day – challenge yourself to 10 a day for a month!
Did you know that the production of mobile phones is causing the bonobo species to become more endangered in the wild? Each mobile phone contains a mineral called Coltan, 85% of which is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only place on earth where wild bonobos live. Mass mobile phone production and the constant need for this mineral has led to a devastating 90% of bonobo habitats being destroyed, and as a result this species is in rapid decline. Can you give up your device for a month whilst taking on our challenge?
Bonobos are known as one of the most energetic apes and can often make a lot of noise! Can you challenge yourself to a whole day of silence?
Join our biggest fundraising initiative to date! Our BE MORE BONOBO fundraising campaign consists of bonobo-inspired challenges to raise funds during lockdown, from home that are all based on the behaviours and personality of these great apes.
Twycross Zoo is the only zoo in the UK home to the bonobo and unknown to most, this great ape is the most closely related cousin to the human race, sharing around 98% of our DNA. Our conservation charity has been instrumental in preserving the species, most recently breeding a female, called Lola, aptly named after Lola ya bonobo, one of our conservation partners in Africa. Wild bonobos are only located in the Congo Rainforest in Africa and are classed as an endangered species on the IUCN’s Red List with approximately just 15,000 left in the wild.
All of the great apes are very different, however bonobos are known for their caring and affectionate nature, and are very quick to make up with each other, even during adversity by showing gestures such as hugging and holding hands – it could be said that it’s ironic that World Bonobo Day also falls on Valentine’s Day on the 14th February. Our fundraising campaign aims to get everyone involved in ‘spreading the love’ (social distanced of course!), by raising awareness of this great ape and fundraising to continue our charity’s mission to preserve endangered species – it’s never been as important right now to be kind to others as well as the millions of species on our planet.
We have made no secret of our financial struggles since April 2020, and even with a supportive bank, our charity is looking at debts for years to come. Our mission as a charity is to preserve species, including the four great apes – chimpanzee, gorilla, orang utan and bonobo.