Ashley Judd explains why bonobos are special and how the Bonobo Peace Forest is helping to protect them. Photo: Frans Lanting
Bonobos stand at the brink of extinction. One hundred percent of our programs are dedicated to protecting bonobos and their rainforest home.
In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we’re highlighting some of our favorite people, stories, and moments from the last twenty years.
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 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.
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
Mark your calendar for October 12th! The Wildlife Conservation Network is holding its annual Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco, CA at the Mission Bay Conference Center. BCI is excited to be returning for our fourth year—we are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as well as meeting new friends!
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Check out our latest project report on GlobalGiving. It covers the recent IPCC report on Climate Change and Land. The report highlighted the importance of involving indigenous and local communities in land management, in order to effectively mitigate climate change and ensure biodiversity conservation.
May 16 was truly a day to remember! Events kicked off with a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. H.E. Ambassador Ignace Gata Mavita, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ambassador to the UN, announced the DRC’s official endorsement of the Bonobo Peace Forest.
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A message of gratitude from actor, activist, and bonobo supporter Ashley Judd
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Olive of the Ekalakala group
Our founder and President Sally Coxe discusses the critical
issues facing bonobos and what we're doing to help.
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.