The BCI Team
The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is founded on the principle of collaboration and partnership. Our team is a worldwide network of professionals, volunteers, advisors, and partners who share our vision of protecting bonobos and their habitat, and promoting peace and prosperity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BCI has headquarters in Washington, DC and Kinshasa, DRC, a provincial office in Mbandaka, DRC and conservation centers at several field sites.
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Our work is supported by a combination of individual donors, foundations, and other organizations. We have received support from the following:
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Great Ape Conservation Fund
BCI Australia
Clyfford Foundation
Gale Foundation
Global Conservation Fund
Litner Foundation
Living Forest Project
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
Rosenthal Foundation
What is Missing? Foundation
Wildlife Protection Solutions
Woodbury Fund
Congolese Partners

BCI works in close collaboration with local partners throughout the bonobo habitat, many of whom have joined together to form the Community Coalition for Conservation of Bonobos (CCCB). Congolese government partners are also instrumental in efforts to preserve and protect the region.

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Kokolopori and Environs
  • Vie Sauvage—Albert Lotana Lokasola, President and Founder
  • Début Likongo—Jean Gaston Ndombasi, Director
  • Conservation des Resources de Lingomo (CRL)—Cosmas Bofangi, Director
  • Association de Conservation de Bonobo dans les Sources de Lomako (ACBL)—Roger Afelende, Director
  • Reseau des Femmes pour la Développement de Djolu (REFED)—Josephine Mpanga, Director
  • Forêt Riche—Albert Alukana, Director
Lilungu Womens’ Association
  • Association pour la Protection des Bonobos de Lilungu
  • Association Merci Bonobo
  • Association Tombola Mboka
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  • Amis de Faune et Flore de Lomela (AFFL)
  • Association pour le Développement de Tshuapa-Lomami au Sankuru (ADTLS
  • Actionnariat Partenariat pour le Développement du Sankuru (APADESA)
Congolese Government Partners
Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)–DRC Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Water and Forests
Centre de Recherche en Écologie et Foresterie (CREF)–Center for Research in Ecology and Forestry (DRC Ministry of Scientific Research)
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Centre de Recherche Multidisciplinaire pour le Developpement/Matadi (CRMD/Matadi) Center for Multidisciplinary Research of Matadi (DRC Ministry of Scientific Research)
Other Partners
  • Lola ya Bonobo
  • Jatukik Providence Foundation—Jean Claude Atusameso, Director
  • Protection de l’Écosystème et des Espèces Rare du Sud-Est de l’Equateur (PERSE)—José Ikongo, Director
  • Fondation Vie Rurale
  • Comité de Bonobo de Botuali
  • Comité de Bonobo de Mbie-Mokele
  • Comité de Bonobo de Nkosso
International Partners

BCI collaborates with a number of international conservation, humanitarian and development organizations, as well as universities, artists and private sector partners. These are some of the groups with whom we have worked:

  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Ape Alliance
  • AVSI (Association for Volunteer Service International)
  • Bonobo Hope
  • Brooklyn Bonobos
  • Conservation Agreement Fund
  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
  • ECHO Flights (European Union)
  • Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
  • IUCN Primate Specialist Group
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Médecins Sans Frontiers
  • Nature Needs Half
  • Terra Global Capital
  • UN-Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP)
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of Florence
  • University of Maryland
  • La Vallée des Singes
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee