Bonobo Peace Forest Selected as 2014 Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist—
August 26 2014, Washington, DC – The Bonobo Peace Forest project of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) has been announced as a 2014 Semi-Finalist in the Fuller Challenge, the prestigious annual competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” Each year, The Buckminster Fuller Institute invites scientists, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of one outstanding strategy.
New Research Surveys Wild Bonobos of Kokolopori—
Bonobos are our closest relatives, but relatively little consistent research has been done on them in the wild. They live only in an isolated area of the Congo, where the history of conflict and instability has thwarted scientific endeavors. “Bonobos are the last great ape to be discovered, and remain the least studied, largely due to their range which is limited to the DRC,” says BCI research associate Dr. Deborah Moore.
Peace Forest Partners—
Throughout the Congo rainforest, communities have banded together in the name of preserving the bonobos and their habitat. The Community Coalition for Conservation of Bonobos (CCCB), of which BCI is a founding member, has championed the cause of conservation through cooperation and sharing resources. At a recent meeting in Kinshasa, they unveiled big plans for the year ahead.