Save Endangered Bonobos in the Congo Rainforest

Dec 22, 2010

Year-End Update and Happy Holidays!

Every day, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative supports over 200 Congolese conservationists and eco-guards working on the front lines to protect bonobos.  And that number is growing, as our work expands to new areas and we put the systems in place to ensure protection over the long term.

Together, we are not only protecting thousands of bonobos, we are also preventing an astounding two billion tons of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere.  

Over the past year alone, we have made exciting progress on the ground in the Congo…

  • Trained, equipped and supported new eco-guards at three important bonobo sites: Mompono, Lingomo and Nkokolombo
  • Expanded infrastructure and bonobo monitoring at Lilungu and drafted protected area statutes for this strategic bonobo site that links the Sankuru and Kokolopori reserves
  • Supported the establishment of the Coalition for Community Conservation of Bonobos, a powerful network of local Congolese partners in the Bonobo Peace Forest
  • Began implementation of the first reforestation project in the bonobo habitat
  • And, we are leading the effort for a habitat-wide awareness and law enforcement campaign, collaborating with Congolese and international groups

Those are just some of the highlights. We’ve forged new partnerships, conducted more bonobo surveys, and built the capacity of our local managing partners. 

We have a lot to be grateful for as we celebrate another year of success and progress toward fulfilling our mission to protect bonobos and their rainforest home.  It's the caring and contributions of people like you that make it all possible. 

With heartfelt thanks, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a New Year filled with joy!



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Sally Coxe

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