As the year—and decade—draw to a close, we would like to thank you everyone who has stepped up to support our work to protect bonobos and their precious habitat in the Congo rainforest. The Bonobo Peace Forest concept is put into action by the combined efforts of many people, especially those who are on the ground in the DRC. Here are some of the highlights from this year:
The DRC government officially endorsed the Bonobo Peace Forest with an announcement at the United Nations.
Research in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve continues under the auspices of Harvard University.
Three baby bonobos were born within the bonobo study groups! The Nkokoalongo group welcomed Enigma and Odios, as the Ekalakala group welcomed Rubin.
Two postdoctoral researchers have been analyzing bonobo group encounters and will soon publish their findings. This type of behavioral information is crucial for determining best conservation practices.
Our conservation and research programs employed many local trackers, providing income and ongoing training for indigenous communities.
Together with private sector partners, we are stepping up efforts to establish ecotourism in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve.
BCI Australia provided support for the Lilungu community forest, a stronghold for bonobos which is now in process for official protection.
EarthX—the world’s largest Earth Day expo—announced that it will offset its 2020 carbon footprint by investing in the Bonobo Peace Forest!
BCI and partners helped rescue two baby bonobos from poachers. The pet trade is an ongoing threat to bonobos, especially since mothers are often killed in order to kidnap the infants.
Foresight is 2020
The statistics are sobering. Fewer than 15,000 bonobos remain in the wild. The Congo rainforest may be completely gone by the year 2100. Left unchanged, this path leads directly to species collapse and cataclysmic climate change.
They say that hindsight is 20/20, and this year we’d like to turn that saying around. By planning ahead and scaling up our proven, integrated model for conservation and community development, we can change the outcome for bonobos and for ourselves. Let’s dedicate 2020 to envisioning and enacting a path toward a brighter future for bonobos, for their Congo rainforest home, and for all life on Earth.
As always, thank you for standing with us…and please help BCI and our partners by spreading the word about our mission!
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