The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit (USA: 501-c3) organization based in Washington, D.C. and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our mission is to promote conservation of the bonobo and its tropical forest habitat in the Congo Basin. Together with Congolese and international partners, local communities and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, BCI is implementing innovative solutions to address the complex problem of bonobo conservation.
The Initiative is working to conduct bonobo surveys, establish protected areas, build capacity of Congolese partners and indigenous communities, and to increase global awareness about bonobos.
Our work is firmly grounded in a number of principles, including a belief in the importance of indigenous knowledge, stakeholder involvement, and the empowerment of Congolese organizations and communities—as well as the conviction that EVERYONE can make a difference. We encourage volunteer participation and always seek new partnerships with other like-minded organizations and individuals.
Our growing team includes experienced professionals from a range of disciplines who share a common commitment to the survival of the bonobo, as well as peace and prosperity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.