Where We Work

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the largest Central African country, is home to an estimated 70 million people (BBC News Africa). Bordered by nine other nations, the DRC contains vast tracts of forest, many endemic wildlife species, and large reserves of minerals such as cobalt, copper and diamonds.
More >>

Salonga National Park

The Salonga National Park, the second largest tropical forest park in the world and the largest one in Africa, is our primary conservation target and research area. Designated as a World Heritage Site, the national park is an intact lowland forest ecosystem encompassing swamp, riverine and terra firma forests surrounding the headwaters of major river systems feeding into the Congo River. It is the only protected area in DRC where bonobos and elephants live together in substantial numbers and where elephants may still play a major role in shaping forest dynamics.
More >>


Etate is the BCBI-ICCN research station and guard patrol post in the Salonga National Park. Fully supported by BCBI, it is the only patrol post to boast a guard literacy program, advanced training in navigation and data collection, and 10 years of survey data on the resident bonobo and elephant population.
More >>

Watsi Kengo Sector

BCBI focuses most of its anti-poaching, guard training and research in an area called the Watsi Kengo Sector. Located between the Salonga and Yenge Rivers, this corridor is situated in the heart of the Salonga National Park.
More >>

Other Areas

Lomako-Cadjobe Forest

Collaborating with the African Wildlife Foundation in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Landscape, in 2009, BCBI researchers surveyed the bonobo population in a ~1,700 km2 community-owned forest and trained local residents in survey and monitoring techniques.
More >>