PROTECTING BONOBOS — PRESERVING RAINFOREST — EMPOWERING PEOPLE
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Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!
How far we’ve come—thanks to you! We are so grateful for the 9 million acres of land protected, the bonobo orphans rescued, the lives changed for the better because YOU made the choice to support our work. We’re highlighting some of our favorite people, stories, and moments from the last twenty years—join our mailing list or follow us on social media for updates!
20th Anniversary Highlights
The First Light Foundation and the BCI Board of Directors have teamed up to offer a $20,000 Challenge Grant! Why $20,000? BCI’s 20th anniversary year wraps up in June 2019. What better way to celebrate twenty years of lifesaving work than to give that work a boost?
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We are grateful to bonobos for serving as a flagship species for the Congo rainforest. The bonobo is a charismatic icon of hope within the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond. The peaceful, cooperative society of bonobos inspired the concept of the Bonobo Peace Forest and led directly to the creation of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve and Sankuru Nature Reserve, as well as several other important cons
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A message of gratitude from actor, activist, and bonobo supporter Ashley Judd
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At current rates of deforestation, the Congo rainforest will be gone by 2100. And if that year seems to be in the distant future, consider that many of today’s kindergarteners will still be alive to see this complete destruction of what is currently the second largest rainforest on the planet. The good news? You can change the outcome.
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From the very beginning of the Bonobo Peace Forest, local communities have been leading the charge for rainforest conservation. The Peace Forest approach is holistic: conservation and humanitarian needs are addressed simultaneously. When people have access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunity, they have alternatives to poaching and deforestation for survival. By investing in people’s wellbeing, we are investing in the wellbeing of the forest and all its inhabitants. The Peace Forest builds more than reserves; it builds a conservation-centered way of life!
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Today, a tracker got up hours before dawn. Packed a bag with a notebook, pencils, GPS, binoculars, food, water, and other essentials. Strapped on a headlamp and sturdy boots. Walked from camp deep into the forest, wading through rivers, chopping through vines with a machete, avoiding snakes and other dangers. Dismantled a snare and scanned the forest for poachers in hiding.
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Imagine a place where bonobos roam peacefully. Where millions of acres of rainforest are protected, keeping billions of tons of carbon out of our atmosphere. Where indigenous communities take the lead in conservation and benefit from sustainable sources of income, educational opportunity, and lifesaving services.
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How far we’ve come—thanks to you! We are so grateful for the 9 million acres of land protected, the bonobo orphans rescued, the lives changed for the better because YOU made the choice to support our work. We’re highlighting some of our favorite people, stories, and moments from the last twenty years—join our mailing list or follow us on social media for updates!
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