About two hours outside Kinshasa orphans rescued from poachers are rehabilitated and eventually released into their natural habitat 1,000 kilometres or more to the north. In a huge forest enclosure protected by an electric-topped fence, several dozen bonobos roam and play about in family groups, grooming each other, making faces, and otherwise having a great time.
|On the other side of the fence|
Order restored, one of the older bonobos decides to put on a spontaneous show for yours truly. He balances a long stick on his back and runs proudly on all fours without it ever coming close to falling off. Now he walks, carrying it wedged between his shoulder and the side of his jaw. A family of seven with a baby groom each other in different positions, presenting their backs once front and arms have been cleared of ticks. The males have huge balls but tiny dicks.
|Family rest time|
|Time to clamber over foster mummy|
|Start of the balancing act|
|Wow this is easy|
|More time out|