|Waiting to hear if their child has been accepted for surgery|
|Donna and a child with cleft lip - before surgery|
|Two operations going on at once|
It's called the "Lola ya Bonobo" (Paradise for Bonobos in Lingala). Bonobos are a separate species from Chimpanzees and are identified as our "closest" genetic cousin. Indeed, the nursery at the sanctuary gave us a glimpse of orphans hugging and playing with their surrogate human mothers who devote time with them until they get older and can be released in the "teenage" area.
|Surrogate mother with her bonobo babies|
|Surrogate mother with her "teen" kids|
I returned to Hawaii after about 36 hours of air travel, including about 27 hours in airplane seats. The trip seemed to help my herniated disc and sciatica pain, for what reason, I don't understand. But after a week of jet-lag, I am looking forward to another trip to Africa.