The DR Congo is home to the second largest rainforest in the world, the Congo Basin. It is also one of the least protected forests. Bushmeat trafficking and deforestation are the main threats faced by bonobos and many other species.
With forest habitat in decline, community forest reserves like Ekolo ya Bonobo are critical for ensuring that wild animals have a safe place to live. In addition to bonobos, the DRC is home to
leopards, pangolins, crocodiles, gray parrots and many other rare and endangered species.
Communities around Ekolo ya Bonobo know and respect bonobos, but poaching continues to be a major problem for bonobo conservation in the DRC. To deter illegal activity, the Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve is engaging local communities in the development and implementation of conservation and management strategies that both respect their ecological heritage and improve the livelihoods of the communities living in and around these forests.