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

  • The Bonobo Connection at the Maryland International Film Festival

    The Bonobo Connection, a documentary by filmmaker, BCI friend Irene Magafan, was screened in her home state at the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown, MD on March 28th. The film introduces the viewer to the history of bonobos, why so little is known about them, their condition in the wild and why they are vital to our planet’s health and to the lives of humankind. It features interviews with BCI’s Sally Jewell Coxe and Michael Hurley, and is narrated by Ashley Judd.

  • Making Conservation “Go Viral”

    Dear Friends,

    It’s truly amazing what we’ve accomplished together. Just twelve years ago, we envisioned the Bonobo Peace Forest, a connected network of community-based rainforest reserves that would protect our bonobo cousins, preserve their habitat, and empower the Congolese communities who live there. The Peace Forest now contains two official protected areas and other sites in development spanning a vast area of rainforest. With your support, we are turning our vision into action. And now the world is taking notice of our accomplishments.

  • Bonobo Peace Forest Selected as Finalist in the 2014 Fuller Challenge

    November 14, 2014, New York City – The Bonobo Peace Forest project of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) has been announced as a Finalist in the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, a prestigious annual competition named “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” Now in its 7th cycle, the Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists, planners and scientists from all over the world to submit their game-changing solutions to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

Our Work

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

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Empty Hands, Open Arms
Recognized as among the best community-based nonprofits in Greater Washington by the Catalogue for Philanthropy 2014-2015

2014 Finalist in the Fuller Challenge