Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ABC Program “The Swingers” Features Kokolopori

ABC News Reporter Eric Campbell ventures to the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve to visit the bonobos and local community. Campbell conducts exclusive interviews with Sally Coxe, BCI President, and Albert Lokasola, President of BCI's local partner NGO Vie Sauvage, at the field site.

Kokolopori is one of the few sites where wild bonobos are habituated to human presence and can be viewed on a daily basis. Home to more than 1,000 bonobos, it is the anchor site for BCI's Bonobo Peace Forest, a proposed constellation of locally managed nature reserves supported by sustainable community development.

Watch "The Swingers" now!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Paint for Bonobos!

Paint Your Own Pottery For Bonobos!  Friday, August 6, 2010 from 6pm to 10pm 

Let’s fire up the fun!  Here’s how it works: Color Me Mine is a paint-your-own pottery studio where you choose an unfinished piece of pottery, paint it, leave it for firing and glazing, and return a week later to pick it up. Other event highlights: raffle, video presentation on apes painting, special appearance by an ape character, trivia and prizes.

Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to support bonobos and make a one-of-a-kind keepsake! Proceeds from the event benefit the Bonobo Conservation Initiative's mission to protect the bonobo, an endangered great ape, and its rainforest habitat in the Congo. To learn more, visit www.bonobo.org

Color Me Mine
2439 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Check out our new brochure, filled with information about the Bonobo Conservation Initiative's work in cooperative conservation and community development in the Congo!

Download our free brochure now!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Help Jared Harrison Help Bonobos!

Help Jared Harrison, a 12-year-old from the Cayman Islands, help bonobos! Jared researched bonobos for a school project and now wants to share his new found interest in the species with Cayman Islanders and the world.

“I was touched by how peaceful and kind they are,” he said. “Other primates, including us, have wars, kill each other, and have a hard time sharing. Bonobos are so different. When they get upset about something, they just hug it out. We can actually learn from them. They cooperate and take care of each other so well. They’re extraordinary.”

Jared challenged Cayman Islanders to donate to BCI in an effort to save these rare and peaceful primates. You can help Jared in his efforts! Click here to donate now

If you are interested in forming a kid’s conservation club, please contact Jared at jaredconservation@gmail.com and he will provide more information.

To learn more about Jared, you can read the following online news articles:

Cayman News Service

Cayman Net News

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NPR Show on Bonobos!

Tune into the Diane Rehm Show:“Bonobos on the Brink of Extinction”

Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) president Sally Jewell Coxe joins Vanessa Woods, author of the new book Bonobo Handshake, and Richard Carroll of the World Wildlife Fund for an enlightening discussion about bonobos. The show examines lessons about bonobos and efforts to save them, revealing little known facts and the urgency of protecting these endangered great apes and their habitat in the Congo rainforest.

Listen to the archived recording here!

Special thanks to Diane Rehm and WAMU for raising awareness about bonobos on their Environmental Outlook series.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vote for James Brooks, Bonobo Fan!

Vote for James Brooks, a bonobo fan and friend of BCI, for the 2010 Youth in Action ME to WE Award. He is one of three finalists in his category.  

James' lifelong passion for monkeys and apes led him to establish apeaware.org, a website dedicated to saving apes from extinction. After learning about the plight in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, James founded 1000Classrooms and challenged his peers to help raise funds for poultry collectives, so the widows of slain park rangers could sell eggs to earn an income. Through his efforts, James has raised enough money to buy 25,000 eggs and has engaged thousands on the issue of ape preservation.  

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bowling for Bonobos!

On March 11th, bonobo fans gathered at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge in Washington, DC to support the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI). Volunteers and BCI staff greeted customers at the entrance with information about the organization. There was also a special appearance by an ape character! 20% of all the proceeds from what customers spent on bowling, food and drinks went directly towards BCI’s efforts to save the bonobo and its rainforest habitat.

Special thanks to Lucky Strike Lanes and everyone who came out to bowl for bonobos! Check out pics from the event here.

If you were unable to attend the bowling event, we welcome you to join us this Saturday, March 27th at Patagonia in Georgetown (1048 Wisconsin Ave., NW). We will have materials, slide shows and videos, and fun kid activities, including bonobo masks! Hope to see you there, go bonobo!

Monday, March 22, 2010

BCI Urges Congress to Pass the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Act

On January 27, 2010, BCI president and co-founder, Sally Jewell Coxe, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife in support of the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2010 (HR 4416). See a video of the hearing here!

Recognizing the many threats that great apes face, including habitat loss, illegal poaching, and consumption in the bushmeat trade, Congress passed the Great Ape Conservation Act (GACA) to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to provide financial assistance for projects that support conservation and research of great apes. Since then, the FWS Great Ape Conservation Fund (GACF) has funded more than 250 projects in more than 30 countries across Africa and Asia

Since its historical passage in 2000, GACA has been instrumental to the survival of the bonobo and BCI’s success. BCI’s first grant from GACF was awarded in 2002, just as the Congo War was beginning to wind down in the bonobo habitat. The grant funded the first surveys and “information exchange” with local people at Kokolopori and Lac Tumba, and provided the foundation for ongoing efforts and long-term partnerships.

Thanks to direct support from GACF, BCI and its Congolese partners have discovered or confirmed the existence of bonobos in eleven strategic regions. This led to local agreements to protect bonobos in all areas surveyed and the establishment of two legally protected nature reserves: the Sankuru Nature Reserve and the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. Together, these reserves span 13,650 square miles—an area greater than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined!

While the major threats to bonobos remain in force and there are still tremendous challenges to overcome, substantial progress has been made over the past decade to mitigate these threats in key areas of the bonobo habitat. Continued and increased support from the U.S. government through the Great Ape Conservation Fund is critically important.

Urge your Congress-member to vote in favor of the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Amendments Act of 2010 (HR 4416). Visit www.congress.org and click "Get Involved" to learn how to contact your congressman.

Please act now-the great apes need our support!

Monday, February 15, 2010

BCI Receives Honors for Community-based Carbon Offset Project

In mid-December, BCI was one of seven honorees at the Support REDD+ (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) gala in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event, sponsored by the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, lauded BCI's success in protecting a huge rainforest area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that harbors the endangered bonobo, a great ape most closely related to humans.

Other notable honorees unified in REDD's mission included Nobel Laureate, Wangari Maathi, renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall, and president of Conservation International, Russ Mittermeirer.

Upon receiving honors in Copenhagen, BCI president and co-founder Sally Jewell Coxe commented, “We are deeply honored by this acknowledgment of our ten years of work in the DRC, not only to save the bonobo, but to provide a new holistic paradigm for conservation and sustainable development. Our approach delivers globally significant ecosystems services, protects valuable biodiversity, and improves the quality of life of the indigenous people.”

Our recent press release highlights the significance of REDD and its role in financing carbon offsets. REDD allows the Congolese to protect their rainforest by providing an alternative to exploitation that delivers greater benefits on every level. Our project in the bonobo habitat mitigates global climate change by sequestering vast amounts of carbon in an area where the people are already committed to saving the forest.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Saving Bonobos and Lives-Reports From The Field!

BCI has learned through on-the-ground results that our community conservation approach is saving bonobos AND improving lives!

Along with our partners, we are saving lives at the health clinic located within the newly established Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. Our clinic staff are making a difference for the Kokolopori community. In fact, they just performed the 150th surgery in the past 18 months. Our resident physician, Dr. Pondolo Saidi says, "We are saving lives...we've treated patients for appendixes, caesarian sections, hernias, ovarian cysts, tumors, and prostates."

To learn more, check out eyewitness accounts emailed to us on our new satellite phone from our Director of BCI Australia, Martin Bendeler! He just returned from a field site visit to Kokolopori.

BCI Receives Nkoyi Award for Outstanding Achievements!

BCI was chosen by the Congolese community of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to receive the Honorary 2009 Nkoyi Merit Award of Goodwill for its "outstanding achievements in community development and nature conservation." The Nkoyi award is normally given to Congolese individuals who have demonstrated achievement in their respective field of work. BCI was selected as an exception to that rule.

The awards ceremony took place on Independence Day in honor of the 49th anniversary of DRC's independence from Belgium. The Congo's Ambassador to the USA, Dr. Faida Mitifu, gave the keynote address to an assembly of approximately 300 Congolese-Americans and expatriates living in the Washington area. BCI Executive Director, Michael Hurley proudly accepted the award.