Field Updates!

BCI president Sally Jewell Coxe has returned from a very successful expedition to the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. The primary goal of this trip was to establish a new research project in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Under the guidance of Dr. Martin Surbeck, a BCI-affiliated primatologist who has previously studied bonobos at Lui Kotale near Salonga National Park, the project aims to gain greater insight into how individual bonobos and their groups interact—and the fascinating information is already coming in! Continue reading

In Memoriam

Our work is built upon collaboration, and we are fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with three very special individuals: Prosper Losaila, Dr. Deborah Moore, and Papa Wemba. Even as we mourn their loss, we celebrate their lives and legacies. Continue reading

Serenading Bonobos

While BCI is focused primarily on protecting bonobos within their native habitat in the Congo rainforest, we know of many people who are supporting bonobos in a number of different–and sometimes surprising!–venues. Take, for example, Katarzyna Sadej, a San Diego-based professional opera singer and voice coach…
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CrowdRise Campaign Goes Live

We are so excited to announce that our CrowdRise crowdfunding campaign has gone live! CrowdRise is a unique crowdfunding platform, enabling people to contribute and fundraise for the causes they care about. And we know that you care about bonobos, right? So do we, and we need your help to make this campaign a success! Continue reading

UPDATE: Orphan Rescue

Baby Noël has been resting and recovering at BCI’s Mbandaka office for the last few days. Our staff member, Dieudonne Bahati Mwanza, has been taking care of him night and day. Noël has regained some strength…even enough to start climbing trees! Continue reading

Protect bonobos, combat climate change!

Dear Friends,

Last week, delegates from around the world reached a historic climate agreement at COP21, the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Climate change is a real, immediate threat to all of us, and we are already seeing its impact in the Congo Basin. Continue reading

Max Planck Partnership

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, one of the premier scientific organizations in the world, is once again partnering with BCI to advance bonobo research. In February, BCI will welcome Max Planck scientist Martin Surbeck to the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. Dr. Surbeck will set up a new research camp in the Yetee forest at Kokolopori Continue reading

Protection for Lilungu

Now is the time to protect Lilungu! Lilungu is a site with great historical significance for bonobo research, and a huge role to play in the future of bonobo survival. A critical link in the Bonobo Peace Forest, Lilungu has an established bonobo population, committed local conservationists, and—we are excited to announce—two new communities eager to join in our conservation efforts. Continue reading