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!