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Did you know we share more than 98% of our DNA with bonobos?

Earlier this year, you read how you helped save turtles in India through the sale of collectible animal buttons and our Wildlife Emergency Fund (WEF). The WEF is now making a difference for bonobos, elephants, leopards, pangolins and more in the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

In January, torrential rains devastated farms in the Congolese province of Tshuapa. As a result, bushmeat poaching in the Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve has increased, putting the lives of these remarkable primates and other animals in extreme danger. Anti-poaching teams have reported juvenile bonobos missing fingers and arms, likely due to the higher concentration of snares in the Reserve.

Staff from the Reserve applied for a WEF grant, and we were able to send $1,500 to support rangers dismantling snares, assist with training rangers on new anti-poaching technology and work with the local community to build dialogue about wildlife conservation.

You can help bonobos by donating to a bonobo conservation organization or just spreading the word. Keep collecting those buttons so we can save even more wildlife in the future!