My name is Ashley Stone and I LOVE bonobos. I went to Emory University for undergraduate school then to San Diego State University for a Masters in Social Work (MSW). I went on to earn an LCSW and worked with foster youth and in international adoption before dedicating myself to raising my three children and volunteer work. I first studied bonobos at Emory in anthropology courses in the early 90’s under Dr. Frans de Waal. I finally realized a dream when I traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in January 2014, where I visited Lola ya Bonobo, the only sanctuary in the world for bonobos. This experience convinced me that in order to protect wild bonobos, more must be done to raise awareness of bonobos here in US and to aid in the coordination of those already putting forth tremendous efforts to conserve the species in the Congo. The Bonobo Project was born out of these ideals. I also serve on the boards of Heifer International and Friends of Bonobos. For fun, I enjoy playing beach volleyball, puzzles and a good scrabble match.