PROTECTING BONOBOS — PRESERVING RAINFOREST — EMPOWERING PEOPLE
We are thrilled to announce that Vie Sauvage—our leading partner in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve—has won the 2020 Equator Prize!
Check out this video spotlight on our Equator Prize-winning friends at Vie Sauvage, produced by @oneearth and the @equatorinitiative
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.
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.
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 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.
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
It is with unspeakable sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of Mark Farris Johnson. Like too many others around the world, Mark lost his life to COVID-19
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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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From his early childhood in Kokolopori, Albert Lokasola knew it was his calling to protect his rainforest home. In 1999, he founded Vie Sauvage, a local Congolese organization dedicated to promoting wildlife and forest conservation. Vie Sauvage partnered with BCI to create the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve and is the reserve's designated manager, providing the lifesaving field teams who trek into the forest to observe and protect bonobos.
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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.
Our founder and President Sally Coxe discusses the critical issues facing bonobos and what we're doing to help.