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The BCI Team

Leadership | International Affiliates | Partners | Supporters

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative is founded on the principle of collaboration and partnership. Our team is a worldwide network of professionals, volunteers, advisors, and partners who share our vision of protecting bonobos and their habitat, and promoting peace and prosperity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BCI has headquarters in Washington, DC and Kinshasa, DRC, a provincial office in Mbandaka, DRC and conservation centers at several field sites.



  • Sally Jewell Coxe, President and Co-Founder
  • Michael Hurley, Director of Special Programs
  • Staff

 BCI, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Evelyn Samu, National Director
  • Bienvenu Mupenda, Chief of Operations
  • Dieudonné Mushagalusa, Deputy National Coordinator
  • Richard Demadona, Chief Financial Officer
  • Staff

 Board of Directors

  • Alden Almquist
  • Elaine Broadhead
  • Sally Jewell Coxe
  • Edward Green
  • Mark Johnson
  • William Meade
  • Amy Parish
  • Sally Ranney
  • Norm Rosen
  • Gary Smith
  • Sue Ann Taylor

General Counsel: David Bamlango, DLA Piper
Co-Founder: Alison Mize

Advisory Council

For a list of our advisory council members, click here.

International Affiliates


  • Martin Bendeler, Director


  • Tallulah Bygraves, Director


  • Charles Duke, Director


Congolese Partner Organizations

BCI works in close collaboration with local partners throughout the bonobo habitat, many of whom have joined together to form the Community Coalition for Conservation of Bonobos (CCCB).  

  • Vie Sauvage—Albert Lotana Lokasola, President and Founder
  • Action Communautaire pour les Primates du Kasai (ACOPRIK)—Andre Tusumba, Director and Founder
  • Protection de l’Écosystème et des Espèces Rare du Sud-Est de l’Equateur (PERSE)—José Ikongo, Director
  • Conservation des Resources de Lingomo (CRL)—Cosmas Bofangi, Director
  • Association de Conservation de Bonobo dans les Sources de Lomako (ACBL)—Roger Afelende, Director
  • Début Likongo—Jean Gaston Ndombasi, Director
  • Reseau des Femmes pour la Developpement de Djolu (REFED)
  • Lola ya Bonobo
  • Jatukik Providence Foundation
  • Associations Merci Bonobo and Tombola Mboka
  • Association pour la Protection des Bonobos de Lilungu
  • Fondation Vie Rurale
  • Comité de Bonobo de Botuali
  • Comité de Bonobo de Mbie-Mokele
  • Comité de Bonobo de Nkosso

Congolese Government Partners

  • Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)–DRC Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Water and Forests
  • Centre de Recherche en Écologie et Foresterie (CREF)–DRC Ministry of Scientific Research

International Partners

BCI collaborates with a number of international conservation, humanitarian and development organizations, as well as universities, artists and private sector partners. These are some of the groups with whom we work:

  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Ape Alliance
  • AVSI (Association for Volunteer Service International)
  • Bonobo Hope/ Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary / Great Ape Trust
  • Brooklyn Bonobos
  • Congo Basin Forest Partnership
  • Conservation Agreement Fund
  • Conservation International
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
  • ECHO Flights (European Union)
  • Great Ape Project of Spain
  • Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
  • IUCN Primate Specialist Group
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Medecins Sans Frontiers
  • Terra Global Capital
  • UN-Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP)
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Florence
  • University of Maryland
  • La Vallée des Singes
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee


  • Clyfford Foundation
  • Congo Basin Forest Fund
  • Conservation International
  • Gale Foundation
  • Global Conservation Fund
  • Indigo Foundation
  • Litner Foundation
  • Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation
  • Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
  • Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
  • National Geographic Society
  • Orange Foundation
  • Primate Partnerships Fund
  • Proyecto Gran Simio
  • Rosenthal Foundation
  • SeaWorld Busch Gardens
  • Turner Foundation
  • Threshold Foundation
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service–Great Ape Conservation Fund
  • What is Missing? Foundation
  • Woodbury Fund

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