Friends of Bonobos

About our NGO partner

Friends Of Bonobos are on a mission to save and protect bonobos and their rainforest home – forever. They provide rescue, sanctuary, and rewilding to endangered bonobos. They save the rainforest where bonobos live. They work with communities and government to tackle root causes of bonobo endangerment. They educate and raise awareness for bonobos and their plight locally and globally.

An International Team

Friends of Bonobos (US) was founded by Claudine André, who also founded Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (ABC) or ‘Friends of Bonobos in Congo.’

Friends of Bonobos is the US-based nonprofit that supports the work of ABC, which includes Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary and Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve. We raise funds for ABC globally and we raise awareness in the US and internationally about bonobos and their plight and ABC’s critical work to save and protect them.

The on-the-ground work in DRC is managed and run in the DR Congo, originally led by Claudine André, and now led by her daughter, Fanny Minesi, both of whom grew up in the DR Congo and have spent most of their lives there. They are the powerhouses behind this mission and these programs – some of the most effective and comprehensive bonobo conservation work on the planet.

'It has been a gift to dedicate my life to conservation. Conservation is the work of everyone. We are all responsible for our planet. We have just one planet and it is so beautiful.' - Claudine André