Feature – Friends of Bonobos



Friends of Bonobos

Bonobos are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species(version 2022-1)

Bonobos (Pan paniscus) – Endangered *

      • Bonobos are one of humans’ closest living relatives, sharing 98.7% of DNA with humans.
      • They live in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa.
      • These intelligent, peaceful, and highly social great apes.
      • They are the only great apes (including humans!) that have never been known to kill each other.
      • Bonobos are matriarchal – meaning females are the most dominant members in the group. Matriarchy is rare in primates and among animals generally, so bonobos are special for this reason.
      • Bonobos very often are also more likely to walk upright their chimpanzee cousins.
      • They are threatened with extinction due to illegal hunting and habitat loss.

About Friends of Bonobos

Friends of Bonobos works with Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo to save bonobos and their rainforest home. Together they have a comprehensive, long-term approach to bonobo conservation.

Rescue and Care: We rescue orphaned bonobos from the illegal wildlife trade. The orphans are nursed back to health and cared for as long as needed at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, the only bonobo sanctuary in the world. Bonobos who are able are prepared for release back to the wild.

Release and Protect: At Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve, the world’s only bonobo release site, rescued bonobos live in the wild and receive comprehensive, long-term protection.

Community Development: Bonobos are primarily killed for bushmeat. The root cause of the bushmeat trade is extreme poverty. We work to empower communities living near bonobos to build a better future through conservation instead of the bushmeat trade. We partner with them to reduce poverty and provide health care and education.

Education and Awareness: Our educational programs have provided nearly half a million people in the Congo the opportunity to learn about bonobos and the threats to their survival. We also raise global awareness of bonobos and their unique qualities.

[* current IUCN Red List Category]

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(photos by Leon Haberkorn & Friends of Bonobos)

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This team and their vital work needs your help.

So what can you do to help?


… the answer is a great deal … and all of it would make a difference …

 Read more about the team’s work …
Visit Friends of Bonobos 
 Donate to the team directly …
Donate to Bonobos 
 Follow them on social media …

… and just as important … tell everyone you know  …

… please tweet, re-tweet, share, post, re-post, and tag … telling as many people as you can about the dedication and vital work of the Friends of Bonobos team …

… join the conservation family and together let’s all do some good … thank you!

#WorldBonoboDay     #Bonobo     #LolaYaBonobo     #DRC

#AnimalRescue     #Ape      #NotPets     #Sanctuary     #Tech4wildlife 

#NatureIsEveryonesBusiness   #Biodiversity   #WildlifeConservation

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