A highly endangered species of great ape, bonobos are humankind's closest living primate relatives. The last great ape to be discovered, bonobos could be the first to become extinct unless we act now
The world's entire wild population of bonobos, a species of great ape most closely related to humans, is in danger of extinction from bushmeat hunting and habitat destruction. The rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only place on earth where wild bonobos exist, is threatened by logging and human encroachment. BCI needs to provide salaries, equipment and supplies for 112 local eco-guards, who monitor and protect bonobos on a daily basis at 12 important sites.
Providing the needed salaries, equipment and supplies for eco-guards will enable teams to protect bonobos in their natural habitat, educate local populations of the value of bonobos, conduct scientific research, and rescue orphans.
The project will support 112 bonobo eco-guards, allowing them to be ambassadors for and protectors of bonobos in their communities and to increase their incomes and provide for their families.
"Salisa bonobo, mpe bonobo akosalisa yo!" Help the bonobo and the bonobo will help you! - Albert Lokasola, President, Vie Sauvage, Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve
Total Funding Received to Date: $14,769
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $74,931
Total Funding Goal: $89,700
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).