Conservation of Bonobos & Bees

3% of profits go to conservation and awareness of bonobos and bees. I donate to several organizations including The Bonobo Initiative (BCI), Bonobo Project, The Honeybee Conservancy and Xerces Society.

Donations are submitted on an annual basis.

Bonobos   photo credit: Radio Okapi, 2004. ( Flickr )

Bonobos

photo credit: Radio Okapi, 2004. (Flickr)

Bonobos are an endangered species of great ape. They are primarily endangered due to poaching and habitat loss. They reside exclusively in the Congo Basin of Democratic Republic of Congo. It is estimated that only 15,000 remain in the wild. Bonobos are considered a gentle, peaceful and polyamorous species. They are the only great ape that has a matriarchal society (females lead the group). They are much more egalitarian than the male-dominated chimpanzee culture. Bonobos and humans share 98.7% of the same DNA!

For more information on Bonobos, please visit The Bonobo Initiative or Bonobo Project.

Bees    photo credit: Cecilie Stonsteby, 2012 via Flickr

Bees

photo credit: Cecilie Stonsteby, 2012 via Flickr

Since the 1990s, there has been a rapid decline in bees- bumble bees, honeybees other wild bee species. Bee colonies began collapsing mysteriously and the term "colony collapse disorder" (CCD) arose. The cause for CCD is unknown but some believe it is a convergence of issues.

Bumble bees and honeybees are major pollinators. They pollinate flowers, plants and crops. Without bees to pollinate plants, food and plant production will reduce significantly. Additionally, there is likely to be far-reaching ecological consequences due to the loss of the prime pollinators. Bees are crucial to the life cycle on Earth. You can help the bee population today by planting bee friendly plants and avoiding harmful pesticides and herbicides- check out more information at The Honeybee Conservancy here: How to Save the Honeybees!

For more information on the plight of bees, please visit Xerces Society or The Honeybee Conservancy.