PROTECTING BONOBOS — PRESERVING RAINFOREST — EMPOWERING PEOPLE
Check out this video spotlight on our Equator Prize-winning friends at Vie Sauvage, produced by @oneearth and the @equatorinitiative
We are thrilled to announce that Vie Sauvage—our leading partner in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve—has won the 2020 Equator Prize!
Bonobos stand at the brink of extinction. One hundred percent of our programs are dedicated to protecting bonobos and their rainforest home.
This music video by Congolese musician Werrason is part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness and stopping bonobo hunting throughout the DRC.
Ashley Judd explains why bonobos are special and how the Bonobo Peace Forest is helping to protect them. Photo: Frans Lanting
Bonobos are on the closest branch of the human family tree, sharing more than 98% of the same DNA. Learn more about our relatives and how you can help them.
The Congo rainforest is vital to all life on Earth. BCI is already protecting more than 12,000 square miles of rainforest on two large nature reserves, and the Bonobo Peace Forest is still growing.
The Congolese people are the ultimate stewards of the bonobo habitat. BCI and partners provide livelihood programs, educational opportunities, health care, and more to Congolese communities.
In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we’re highlighting some of our favorite people, stories, and moments from the last twenty years.
15,000 bonobos

remain in the wild.
Humankind’s sister species. Peaceful.
Intelligent. Loving. Endangered.
9 million acres

of officially protected rainforest, and 2 million more on the way in the Bonobo Peace Forest.
20+ years

of collaboration with indigenous communities and organizations to protect the Congo Basin.
Latest News from BCI
The challenges before us are great, but our resolve is greater. Together, we can build on all we've accomplished and grow the Bonobo Peace Forest. It's day by day. Solution by solution. Donation by donation. Progress adds up.
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Protecting the rainforest means more than protecting the trees. The trees and animals rely on each other, and—for approximately the last million years—the Congo rainforest has relied on bonobos.
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Within the Bonobo Peace Forest, local residents are leading the charge to protect the Congo rainforest, the second largest on Earth. The developing sites connect with existing reserves, creating a massive, continuous area of protected rainforest.
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A message of gratitude from actor, activist, and bonobo supporter Ashley Judd
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Olive of the Ekalakala group
Our founder and President Sally Coxe discusses the critical
issues facing bonobos and what we're doing to help.
Interconnected Challenges... Interconnected Solutions

Bonobos, humans, and the rainforest need each other to survive. Read more about how BCI's programs are tackling this challenge.
To our friends and followers,
Black Lives Matter. Pure and simple. We at the Bonobo Conservation Initiative stand unequivocally with those who are fighting for justice.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are only the most recent additions to a vast and
heartbreaking list of people whose lives have been lost to racial violence and white supremacy. It must stop.

It may seem like our work in the Congo rainforest is far removed from the situation in the USA. However, both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States share a history of colonialism and slavery, the effects of which reverberate to the
present day. It is also clear that BIPOC voices are vastly underrepresented throughout the field of conservation. As an organization, we are dedicated to promoting indigenous leadership in the Congo rainforest region. We are committed to decolonizing conservation and to pushing ourselves and our conservation peers to do better, listen more, and to pursue diversity and inclusion at all levels.