Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states faced with an immediate challenge: to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in Equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.
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Experts believe that no more than 100 gorillas currently remain in Nigeria, emphasizing the need to focus conservation efforts in West Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Cross River Gorilla Action Plan 2014-19, Wildlife Conservation Society country director Andrew Dunn said that illegal hunting and deforestation were to blame. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1sPeKld. http://ift.tt/1xewunR

Experts believe that no more than 100 gorillas currently remain in Nigeria, emphasizing the need to focus conservation efforts in West Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Cross River Gorilla Action Plan 2014-19, Wildlife Conservation Society country director Andrew Dunn said that illegal hunting and deforestation were to blame. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1sPeKld. http://ift.tt/1xewunR

The Houston (USA) Zoo is preparing to open the world’s largest gorilla exhibit – “Gorillas of the African Forest” — in 2015, and recently offered local media an update. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1zc3y2X. http://ift.tt/1t3PzM3

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” earned $36 million in ticket sales in its second week of release in the U.S. and Canada to remain number one at the box office. The “Apes” sequel has already grossed $139 million, and will open in most international markets this week. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1ljhoYO. http://ift.tt/1z7NP4S

When groundskeepers at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in DR Congo accidentally left a bucket in an enclosure, the bonobos quickly seized the moment – and the bucket – and spent hours filling, carrying, emptying and filling again the new toy. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1z72tZZ. http://ift.tt/1z72v4i

A photo series of the former laboratory chimpanzees at the Chimp Sanctuary Northwest in Washington, USA, underscores the depth of character and resilience within each, including Burrito (pictured). For more, visit http://ift.tt/UpdYww. http://ift.tt/1rvRJ4Y

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the Tanjung Puting National Park in Borneo this week while touring Indonesia, where he discussed conservation and climate change with Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) founder Birute Galdikas. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1nmC5ac. http://ift.tt/1tyq5DN

The precarious existence of Cross River gorillas – the world’s most endangered great ape – is hindered by massive deforestation and human encroachment that confronts the 14 remaining populations in Nigeria and Cameroon. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1yUKwOf. http://ift.tt/1sJv4ny

Maggie, a 53-year old orangutan at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago (USA) is serving as a surrogate mother to Kecil, a 6-month old infant born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio (USA) after he was rejected by his natural mother. Maggie was chosen because of her calm demeanor and past success being a surrogate. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1sFX2R2. http://ift.tt/1p9hxSB

Maggie, a 53-year old orangutan at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago (USA) is serving as a surrogate mother to Kecil, a 6-month old infant born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio (USA) after he was rejected by his natural mother. Maggie was chosen because of her calm demeanor and past success being a surrogate. For more, visit http://ift.tt/1sFX2R2. http://ift.tt/1p9hxSB

GRASP allies a great ape experts Ian Redmond and Ian Singleton will climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, on July 27 to raise funds and awareness on behalf of mankind’s closest relatives. To sponsor Redmond and Singleton’s effort, visit http://ift.tt/1sGbHvv. http://ift.tt/1nOn0tU