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

Earth Day Texas

From April 21-23, we had the incredible privilege of participating in Earth Day Texas, the largest Earth Day event in the world. With over 850 exhibitors and 150,000 attendees, it was truly an epic celebration of the Earth and all its beauty and diversity. The event was divided into six major areas of focus: home, health, and active lifestyle; academic, culture, and community; technology and innovation; natural resources and conservation; policy and industry; and children and family. With so many options to choose from, there was something for everyone. 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

Bonobo Workshop

In September, The Bonobo Project hosted a pioneering event: The Bonobo Communications Workshop. Spearheaded by Bonobo Project founder Ashley Stone and moderated by Dr. Annette Lanjouw of the Arcus Foundation, the workshop aimed to raise awareness of bonobos in the US and to foster cooperation and communication among organizations and individuals dedicated to bonobos.The workshop attracted participants from a variety of disciplines, such as conservation, education, research, and media. Continue reading

From the Field

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI) are hard at work observing the Kokolopori bonobos, learning more about bonobo group interactions. We know that bonobo encounters tend to be far more peaceful than those of our other closest relatives, the chimpanzees, though not all bonobo interactions are uniformly positive. What sort of environment enables peaceful interactions, and what are the implications for human interactions? Continue reading

Inspiring Conservation Through Art

Charity Oetgen is a California-based artist and conservationist. Born and raised in a small Illinois town, she currently attends the Laguna College of Art and Design. Charity has found a unique and inspiring way to combine her love for the natural world, particularly bonobos and their environment, with her talent as an artist. She creates spectacular works of art, primarily paintings, that depict bonobos and the threats they face in the wild. Continue reading