The Great Ape Project is an organization dedicated to apes’ rights. Here is their homepage. They also they have a really long links page.
The Canadian Ape Alliance
The Canadian Ape alliance has many projects to help apes in Africa. My class is writing to an environmental school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Canadian Ape Alliance. Check out their website and support them too.
Bonobo Conservation Inititive
The Bonobo Conservation Initiative does great things to help bonobos in the wild. They have worked with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to establish a 11 803 square mile nature reserve. However, it is going to be difficult to make sure the nature reserve is protected and maintained. The Bonobo Conservation Initiative also needs our support (and they have a great website)
Great Ape Trust of Iowa
The mission of the Great Ape Trust is
Provide sanctuary and an honorable life for great apes
Visit their website at
Is an organization devoted to communicating with and respecting animals
All people who help apes are heroes! All caretakers, all donors, all zookeepers, all employees of sanctuaries and zoos, and all those helping apes in the wild! This is just a list of some people who have done or are doing amazing things for Great Apes. I have included many people from the Great Ape Trust of Iowa because they are the people I look up to the most.
He is a nature photographer who takes amazing photos of apes and fights against the bushmeat trade
Claudine Andre is an incredible woman who started the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary. Lola Ya Bonobo takes care of orphaned and injured bonobos.
Dr. Benjamin Beck
Benjamin Beck is the director of conservation at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. He has done a lot to help Golden Lion Tamarins and apes.
Bill Fields is director of bonobo research at the Great Ape Trust. He has dedicated his life to helping apes.
Dr. Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey is the most famous gorilla researcher and conservationist. The movie Gorillas in the Mist is about her.
Dr. Birute Galdikas
Birute Galdikas is considered by many to be the world’s foremost orangutan researcher. She has worked for and with orangutans for decades.
Dr. Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall is probably most famous primatologist in the world. She does amazing things with chimps in the wild and works to protect the planet.
Dr. Penny Patterson
Penny Patterson is the woman who taught Koko the gorilla sign language and she continues to help gorillas and other apes.
Dr. Duane Rumbaugh
Duane Rumbaugh is one of the most successful primate researchers. He developed lexigrams to represent words and worked with both chimpanzees and bonobos.
Dr. Sue Savage Rumbaugh
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh is an amazing person who has worked closely with Kanzi for many years.
Dr. Robert Shumaker
Dr. Karyl Swartz
Karyl Swartz is an ape researcher at the Great Ape Trust who has learned a lot about ape memory.
Dr. Jo Thompson
Jo Thompson has devoted her life to helping understand bonobos and saving them in the wild. There is a bonobo at the Columbus Zoo named after her.
Ted Townsend is the founder of the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. He has donated millions of dollars to the Great Ape Trust and other causes.
Dr. Serge Wich
Serge Wich is an orangutan researcher and conservationist at the Great Ape Trust. He is working to make sure orangutans do not become extinct in the wild.