Field Update

Great progress continues in the Yetee forest of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve! The team of scientists, led by Dr. Martin Surbeck of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI), has been working every day to gain new information about the three bonobo groups in the area. Collaboration with the local community continues, and new camera traps are yielding fascinating results! Continue reading


BCI is thrilled to become a TreeSisters partner! TreeSisters is a global network of women dedicated to planetary restoration and tropical reforestation. They have just launched their ambitious and transformational Billion Trees Campaign, and we want to help them spread the word about the the seven-week series of kickoff events! Continue reading

Bonobo News May 2017

Happy spring! As the flowers blossom and the birds sing, it’s a great time to celebrate our beautiful planet and all the people who are working on its behalf. In this newsletter, we take you to the largest Earth Day event in the world, share great news from the field (newborn bonobos!), show you a circus that benefits wildlife, and introduce you to one of our Outstanding Supporters, David Reuben.

In recognition of the many organizations dedicated to keeping the Earth healthy, CrowdRise has launched the Earth Day Roadmap Climate Challenge.This friendly fundraising competition will provide $300,000 in prizes-including a $100,000 grand prize donation! Continue reading

Field Updates

These are exciting times in the Yetee forest of Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve! The theme of the past few months has been continuity amidst transition. With a new team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, new baby bonobos (hooray!), and new trackers in the field, the work happening in the forest continues to provide valuable insights into the world of the bonobos. Continue reading

Cirque de Bonobo

Can you imagine a circus where humans perform and apes benefit? We can, thanks to Jen Taylor! An animal rights advocate and circus performer, Jen created Cirque de Bonobo to raise funds and awareness on behalf of bonobos. We’re happy to report that her efforts resulted in an evening of incredible, high-flying entertainment, as well as a donation of more than $1000! Continue reading

Outstanding Supporter

Dedicated supporters mean everything to us and to our work. Their generosity allows us to respond quickly and efficiently to the ever-changing needs in the field, and their commitment enables us to meet the long-term challenges we face in bonobo conservation. We are so grateful to all of you who make our work possible. We would especially like to acknowledge the recipient of BCI’s very first Outstanding Supporter Award–David Reuben! Continue reading