BENEFITING: Bonobo Conservation Initiative
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’s field teams are the first line of defense for our sister species. Trackers monitor the bonobos, gathering information about them and their behaviors so that we can better protect them. Eco-guards shield bonobos from poachers and other threats. BCI needs to provide salaries, equipment, and supplies for over 100 local field personnel who protect bonobos on a daily basis at 12 important sites in the Bonobo Peace Forest (BPF). And with more communities eager to join, we want to ensure that we have the resources to fund and equip new field teams as the BPF grows.
Providing the needed salaries, equipment, and supplies for field teams will enable them to protect bonobos in their natural habitat, educate local populations on the value of bonobos, conduct scientific research, and rescue orphans.
Here are some examples of what your donation can do:
$10—batteries for tracker headlamps and GPS units
$25—a pair of sturdy rubber boots for a field team member
$50—a high quality daypack
$100—one monthly salary for an eco-guard or tracker
$500—one field laptop kit
$1000—five camera traps, capturing images without disturbing wildlife
$5000—one motorcycle, essential for travel and transport in the field
$10000—construction of one conservation center in the bonobo habitat
The project will support over 100 bonobo eco-guards and trackers, allowing them to be ambassadors for and protectors of bonobos in their communities and to increase their incomes and provide for their families. These teams also contribute to vital scientific research. Right now, several of the best trackers in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve are serving as research assistants in a study initiated by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. By supporting BPF field teams, you are helping to advance scientific knowledge, preserve rainforest, protect our sister species, and promote economic opportunities for communities in need.