Conservation of the bonobo in the Bolobo territory

Conservation of the Bonobo in the Bolobo Territory

2014 - 2015
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Species protected
Bonobo Pan paniscus

Project results

  • The creation of a Communal Forest Reserve for Bonobos of 87,735 hectares is approved by national authorities and the community reserve has a management plan;
  • Regular patrolling of forest reserve shows reduction in illegal practices and stable or increased numbers of bonobos and other threatened species;


Habitat loss & degradation

  • More than 80 % of the population of Bolobo, Yumbi, Mushie, Inongo and Kutu territories is aware of the real danger ensuing from an unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and respecting the laws concerning threatened species within the reserve;
  • MMT and the villagers are ready to welcome the first eco-tourists. Bonobos have been habituated to human presence and infrastructures have been erected;
  • The nutrition of a part of the local population is diversified and improved through the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture and agroforestry pilot projects.

This project is implemented by Mbou Mon Tour.