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How GAFI Can Help Bonobos

Through the use of film, GAFI can reach the remote communities living adjacent to bonobo habitat to give them an insight into how bonobos behave and solicit information about the peoples’ hopes and concerns for their environment. GAFI has the materials and the expertise to further enhance the conservation education programmes run by the sanctuaries caring for displaced bonobos. By providing the sanctuaries with films and the necessary equipment, screenings can take place to a wide variety of audiences from local communities to companies working in the area and government decision makers who could create the legal framework for protecting Bonobos. When funds become available, GAFI hopes to train sanctuary staff in how to make their own films about issues of relevance to their particular sanctuary and the surrounding communities and generate new films focusing on bonobos , the threats they face and what solutions are possible.

GAFI films can help raise the plight of the bonobo both at a local and national level. This gentle species lives entirely in one region of the world, thus increased exposure could result in the creation of new protected areas throughout their range which would not only greatly increase the survival of the species, but convey wider benefits for overall biodiversity in the region.

GAFI is operating at every level it can access in order to support conservation and protection measures alongside the restoration of habitat through economic incentives such as eco tourism.

The Democratic Republic of Congo

GAFI Partners / Projects

Pedal Powered Cinema - GAFI provided a Pedal Powered Cinema to its conservation partner Les Amis des Bonobo’s to support its important outreach work. The Pedal Powered Cinema was provided to the sanctuary to allow them to increase their outreach screening programme and strengthen their work tackling the bushmeat crisis, welfare issues and environmental challenges faced by Bonobos.

GAFI has sent films to:

Government - GAFI played a pivotal role in instigating the screening of the films to DRC Ministers in government through a GRASP focal point and the Gorilla Organisation. It is hoped that President Kabila will receive the films once the ministers have watched them.

Television Networks - GAFI distributed two sets of 6 films to national broadcast stations Mirador and CEBS in DRC. The films highlighted behaviour and threats to gorillas, chimps, bonobos and their habitats in Congo basin. Potentially 1-3 million viewers will view the films and each film will be shown four times for two years.

IFAW Funding

With generous funding from IFAW, GAFI has been able to make a novel contribution to great ape conservation in the DRC. Thanks to IFAW funding, GAFI has been able to:

Distribute films to national broadcasters (see above)

Distribute films to a wide variety of conservation, education and training organizations and programmes. Through these partner organizations, GAFI is able to reach a variety of ages, remote regions and different levels of civil society. In total it is estimated that during these partnerships, at least 100 000 people will have access to these conservation films over the two year screening period.

Establish boat/river screenings along the Congo River. This unique approach enables GAFI to reach remote and isolated regions previously inaccessible for most NGOs.
Negotiate new titles of films from the BBC and French Broadcasters.

IFAW also provided funding for communities to be given DVD players enabling them to screen films in remote regions.


With the help of funding from Defra, GAFI was able to supply the WWF in DRC with a set of films. WWF have used GAFI films in schools and education awareness projects as well as using them to complement community based conservation programmes in DRC.



Who Else Is Helping?


Bonobo information of Primate Info Net
IUCN Red List
ARKive information about bonobos