The Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative (BCBI) studies and protects the bonobo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to ensure the survival of this endangered great ape. The Salonga National Park is our primary conservation area. A World Heritage Site, the Salonga is currently the largest expanse of federally protected bonobo habitat in DRC, and it offers a chance to rebuild a self-sustaining herd of forest elephants. BCBI operates out of the Etate Research Station and Patrol Post located in the park’s Watsi Kengo Sector.
Created in 1997 by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, BCBI’s programs include:
In partnership with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and a team of governmental and non-governmental organizations, BCBI brings the bonobo and the Salonga National Park to the forefront of great ape and biodiversity conservation.