Researchers will study their group composition and track individual bonobos, choosing one individual to rigorously observe each day.
Just as spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, new activity and life has emerged at the reserve. Kokolopori is a community of 25-35 villages in Djolu territory of Tshuapa province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The pilot program will focus on two bonobo communities at Kokolopori that are already habituated to human observation. "Beyond that, Kokolopori inspired the residents of Falls Church, Virginia to create the first sister city partnership between the USA and the DRC. Bonobo Conser. "What is truly exceptional is how the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve has inspired other communities in the bonobo habitat who have voluntarily initiated their own projects to protect their forest and bonobos," says Coxe of BCI. Our Mission is to protect bonobos (Pan paniscus), preserve their tropical rainforest habitat, and empower local communities in the Congo Basin. In 2016, a research camp was established to study the behavior of two additional neighboring bonobo communities. vavion Initiative. Since 2017 the project is financed by the Center for Research and Conservation Antwerp and other external sources.
The main objective of this trip was to establish a new research project in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Members of the group were actually first observed in 2016, but trackers initially thought that the bonobos were members of the Bekako group. We are so excited to announce that there is a newly identified bonobo group in the Yetee forest of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve!

In the bonobo-rich region of Kokolopori, around 8000 people have had almost no access to health services. In addition, her research project will support and strengthen bonobo monitoring efforts that are crucial to ongoing conservation work. LuiKotale Study site Field work in LuiKotale is directed by Gottfried Hohmann and Barbara Fruth. With our partners in the Congo, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is leading efforts to safeguard bonobos and the vital rainforest in which they live. The Kokolopori Bonobo Project was founded in 2007 and is located in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve in the Équateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Kokolopori Bonobo Project is one of only three active bonobo field sites in the DRC. The site is close to the Western border of Salonga National Park and belongs to the largest remaining forest tract on the African continent. BCI President Sally Jewell Coxe has just returned from a trip to Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve. The last few months have been very busy at the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve!