PROTECTING BONOBOS — PRESERVING RAINFOREST — EMPOWERING PEOPLE
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.
To our friends and followers,
Black Lives Matter. Pure and simple. We at the Bonobo Conservation Initiative stand unequivocally with those who are fighting for justice.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are only the most recent additions to a vast and
heartbreaking list of people whose lives have been lost to racial violence and white supremacy. It must stop.

It may seem like our work in the Congo rainforest is far removed from the situation in the USA. However, both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States share a history of colonialism and slavery, the effects of which reverberate to the
present day. It is also clear that BIPOC voices are vastly underrepresented throughout the field of conservation. As an organization, we are dedicated to promoting indigenous leadership in the Congo rainforest region. We are committed to decolonizing conservation and to pushing ourselves and our conservation peers to do better, listen more, and to pursue diversity and inclusion at all levels.
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.
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A message of gratitude from actor, activist, and bonobo supporter Ashley Judd
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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.