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Support Bonobo Apes & Groove for 36 hours at the first annual Bananefit, a Grateful Yoga Campout. Featuring Sunshine Deva and Ratdog lead guitarist Mark Karan, this gathering marinates holistic hippiness and Grateful Dead music with yoga, art, and medicine music. Proceeds benefit go to support the preservation of Mother Earth, the Bonobo Peace Forest, and the work of BCI.org.

Supporting Artists, Teachers and Healers:
Mark Karan
Wynne Paris
Scarlet Begoniaz
Free Flowing Musical Experience
Michelle Dorer – Ashtanga Yoga
Wynne Paris -Kirtan
Lisa Adams – Goddess Grove Priestess
Daniel Wilson – Tantra
Dante Baker – Sound Healing
Maggie Doctors – Yoga
Carmelle Levia
Casey Davis
and much more …

The Bonobo Peace Forest is the guiding vision of BCI, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative and local partners: a connected network of community-based reserves, supported by sustainable development in the Congo rainforest. The Peace Forest provides protection for bonobos and other species in the Congo rainforest, while at the same time ensuring a better life for the people who share this precious land.

We named this network the Bonobo Peace Forest in honor of the peaceful, cooperative society of bonobos. At the time of the Peace Forest’s conception, the Congo was suffering from a war driven by competition over natural resources. Unlike humans and their other closest relative the chimpanzee, bonobos do not murder or wage war on others of their own kind. Often referred to as the “make love, not war” ape, bonobos resolve conflict through sexual contact and other forms of social bonding. They serve as a powerful flagship both for conservation and for peace.

Since 2001, the Peace Forest concept has evolved organically, driven primarily by Congolese community interests, from the grassroots level to the national leadership. Today, the Peace Forest covers more than 193,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) of land. We are well on our way to making this vision a reality.

Bonobo Peace Forest Awards and Recognition
The Bonobo Peace Forest has been called “a new paradigm for conservation in the 21st century” and was a finalist for the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge, known as Socially Responsible Design’s Highest Award. The Peace Forest was the major announcement of the 8th Annual World Wilderness Congress, which highlighted the role of indigenous peoples in protecting wilderness. The Peace Forest project has been officially endorsed by UNESCO and the DRC Office of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as by the DRC government and numerous local communities. BCI’s work in the Peace Forest was the subject of Deni Béchard’s Nautilus Award-winning book Of Bonobos and Men: A Journey to the Heart of the Congo.

Look what the BCI has achieved so far:

Two nature reserves spanning 31,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles)—the size of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined
Accords in place and projects initiated in nine key sites where bonobos are protected by local people
More than 100 conservationists and eco-guards working daily
Community development programs, including a health clinic, sustainable agriculture programs, scholarships and micro-enterprise for women
Co-founding the first college for sustainable rural development in the bonobo range
The creation of the Coalition for Community Conservation of Bonobos, a legally recognized network of local NGOs and other Peace Forest participants, to link and amplify indigenous voices
We need your help to keep our work going strong! Support the Bonobo Peace Forest today.