Protecting Bonobos
Bonobos stand at the brink of extinction. One hundred percent of our programs are dedicated to protecting bonobos and their rainforest home. Sponsor a Bonobo
In the Field
BCI supports more than 250 trackers and eco-guards who monitor the bonobo habitat daily. With their help, we are stopping poachers and gaining valuable information about bonobos in their natural environment. Help Fund
Empowering People
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. Empower Communities
Preserving Rainforest
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. Protect the Forest
Reaching Out
Bonobos are on the closest branch of the human family tree―they share more than 98% of our DNA. Learn more about our relatives and how you can help them. Stay Connected

Latest News

  • 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.

Our Work

Our founder and President Sally Coxe discusses the critical issues facing bonobos and what we're doing to help.

Project Sites

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2014 Semi-Finalist in the Fuller Challenge