Save Endangered Bonobos in the Congo Rainforest

 
$23,529
$66,171
Raised
Remaining

Summary

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

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

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.

How will this project solve this problem?

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.

Potential Long Term Impact

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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $23,529
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $66,171
Total Funding Goal: $89,700

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Project Leader

Sally Coxe

Washington, DC United States

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