PROTECTING BONOBOS — PRESERVING RAINFOREST — EMPOWERING PEOPLE
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With heavy yet grateful hearts, BCI celebrates the life and memory of our dear friend Wynne Paris.
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Bonobos: Our Mission and Our Inspiration
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The Peace Forest Corridor: The Path to the Future
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From his early childhood in Kokolopori, Albert Lokasola knew it was his calling to protect his rainforest home. In 1999, he founded Vie Sauvage, a local Congolese organization dedicated to promoting wildlife and forest conservation. Vie Sauvage partnered with BCI to create the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve and is the reserve's designated manager, providing the lifesaving field teams who trek into the forest to observe and protect bonobos.
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We're going to be honest—2020 has been brutal. From a raging pandemic to record-setting storm seasons to political turmoil, this year has brought with it unprecedented challenges. Just as you have found your daily life changed, so have our teams in the Bonobo Peace Forest.
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September 29th, Vie Sauvage will be honored by the UN in a virtual award ceremony. Tune in here to watch live at 9AM EDT! All ten Equator Prize winners will share their groundbreaking nature-based solutions and present a collective community statement from indigenous leaders from around the world. This inspiring celebration will also feature remarks by a host of luminaries, including renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and Grammy Award-winning musician (and devoted conservationist) Sting.
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If we are going to stop nature loss, we need to change the way we do things. We need to look to organizations who are truly making a difference. Vie Sauvage sets an example for the future of conservation. And nobody captures the dedication, hard work, and fighting spirit of Vie Sauvage better than Leonard Nkanga.
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Meet Papa Faustin. He is an elder in Yetee, a village within the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. Since the very beginning, Papa Faustin has been an invaluable part of the Vie Sauvage/BCI team. As the manager of the reserve depot, Papa Faustin ensures that equipment and supplies for researchers and trackers are kept safe and ready for use. His irresistible smile and great positive spirit inspire everyone who is lucky enough to work with him.
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