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.
Empty Hands, Open Arms Tour Highlights and Interviews—
Award-winning author Deni Béchard has spent the last few months touring the continent, offering thoughtful, provocative readings and lively Q&A sessions. Awarded the Commonwealth Prize for his first novel, Béchard’s work has been featured in Salon, the Harvard Review, and the LA Times.