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Bonobos are the least studied and least recognized of the great ape species. We strive to raise awareness about these amazing apes and the importance of protecting them. We are discovering more about bonobos every day–learn more about our closest primate relatives here:

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Bibliography—Find resources for further reading in our bibliography, which includes the most prominent works about bonobos, both fiction and nonfiction.
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. Actor, author, and activist Ashley Judd gave a passionate speech about the importance of bonobos and the example they set for a gender-equal society. She delivered her Care2 petition on behalf of bonobos—with over 250,000 signatures!—to the ambassador.
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Another bonobo life has been saved, thanks to the dedication and bravery of BCI's intrepid field staff!
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Today we are celebrating a true bonobo champion! Elaine Broadhead is retiring from the BCI Board of Directors after eighteen years of incredible service.
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We are so excited to announce the birth of a new baby in the Kokoalongo bonobo group! Scientists from the Max Planck Institute who have been observing the bonobos report that the little one was born between December 29th and January 2nd.
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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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In honor of World Bonobo Day, Metazoa Brewing Company is producing the world’s first Bonobo Brew (TM)! World Bonobo Day takes place on February 14, also known as Valentine’s Day. Due to the loving and affectionate nature of bonobos, it’s only natural that it has been designated their holiday too!
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