Bonobo Conservation Initiative
WISH LIST: $200: 4 eco-guard salaries for an entire month; $500: medical supplies to a rainforest health clinic; $1000: solar panel for the village conservation center
Deep in the rainforest of the Democratic Republic of Congo lives the bonobo, an endangered great ape and one of humankind's nearest relatives. In cooperation with the Congolese people, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) establishes new protected areas and leads efforts to safeguard bonobos wherever they are found – fostering both a conservation and environmental ethic and developing programs that encourage an understanding of rainforests, endangered species, and climate change. Today, the Bonobo Peace Forest protects bonobos at 12 important sites on two legally protected nature reserves spanning 13,650 square miles. But nothing is easy in the Congo – for bonobos or their human counterparts. So BCI invests in community-based conservation, marrying humanitarian and livelihood support. Sustainable agriculture programs provide inhabitants with one of their only significant sources of regular income; and women's initiatives include training, micro-credit, and conservation enterprise. Here at home, Falls Church has become a "sister city" to Kokolopori in the heart of the bonobo habitat, providing funding for a health clinic, aid to local schools, and a micro-credit fund. After all, we all share one planet.
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