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Western Lowland Gorilla

Ape TAG Conservation Initiative

We're proud to be part of the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of endangered apes in their natural habitats.

Given catastrophic population declines, the American Zoological Association estimates that some ape species will be extinct in as little as 20 years. Ape survival in the wild is critically threatened by habitat loss, illegal hunting, disease and the pet trade.

In response, zoos around the country are leveraging their expertise, education initiatives and resources to protect and preserve ape populations. The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative is a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of endangered apes in their natural habitats. Projects range from species monitoring and protection to law enforcement, ecotourism, and veterinary and disease monitoring. All projects include the local communities. These projects help gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gibbons and their habitats.

Since its launch in 2010, the Initiative has made significant contributions to the conservation of wild apes, including:

  • Establishment of a National Chimpanzee Veterinary Center in Uganda
  • Yearly anti-poaching patrols covering more than 1,250 km of bonobo, chimpanzee and Grauer’s gorilla habitat in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Capacity building of national park staff, students, and in country veterinarians in Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Greater collection of ape distribution and density data
  • Over 20,000 trees planted in Gunung Leuser National Park, Indonesia
  • Community engagement activities that reached more than 5,000 individuals living around national parks in multiple countries in Africa and Asia

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