Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative
For more than 20 years, the Zoological Society, under the leadership of Dr. Gay Reinartz, studied and helped to ensure the survival of endangered bonobo great apes and forest elephants and maintain the biodiversity of Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative. The Zoological Society and other leading conservation organizations believe that the Salonga National Park is the world’s best hope for conserving bonobos, forest elephants, and the rich biodiversity and natural resources required for life in the Congo and globally. BCBI identified what is believed to be the largest unfragmented populations of bonobos in the world, counting about 4,000 bonobos along with 300 forest elephants in its research area.