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Baby bonobo and surrogate mom in the nursery. Photo by Leon Haberkorn, 2019..JPG

Protect bonobos and their rainforest home.

Bonobos could go extinct in our lifetime. Your gifts help us stop that from happening.


What we do

​We have a comprehensive and long-term approach to bonobo conservation.


We provide rescue, sanctuary and rewilding to endangered bonobos. We save rainforest where bonobos live. We work with communities and government to tackle the root causes of bonobo endangerment. We educate and raise awareness for bonobos and their plight locally and globally. 

Rescue & Sanctuary

At Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, orphaned bonobos are rescued from the illegal trade in wildlife. Bonobos are nursed back to health and cared for as long as needed, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

Rewild & Protect

At Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve, bonobos are released back into the wild and given long-term protection. We conserve their rainforest home and work with local communities to lessen poverty and raise bonobo awareness.

Tackle Root Causes

The bushmeat trade is tied to extreme poverty. We help communities build a better future through conservation instead of hunting. We educate people about bonobos and their plight within the DRC and globally.

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Bonobo standing on a tree in DR Congo
"This is a serious, ambitious, and empathetic organization that helps one of our closest relatives to survive and thrive. By supporting this organization monthly, I support my own identity and well-being as well.
​Because a world with bonobos is a world full of hope. I am grateful for all their work and wonderful results!"

Maria, donor

Friends of Bonobos is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 20-0347301). We value accountability and transparency. When you give to Friends of Bonobos you can be confident that your donation is making a difference.

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