What Can Apes Teach Us?
The survival of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans has inseparable ties to our own human survival. Disease, climate, forest resources, water, all are shared. What can we learn by protecting great apes? What can apes teach us?
The Great Ape Awareness Project is about leveraging the charismatic appeal of apes like us to explore and discover answer those questions. In doing so our goal is to create greater global awareness of great ape survival, including our own.
Apes Like Us provides a unique, cross-cultural, visual vehicle for educational outreach. Through compelling and engaging original video content, educational tools and resources, and connected projects like our Orangutan Tree Project we link people locally and globally to critical issues facing apes and all life on Earth.
The Great Ape Awareness Project
– First Steps in Early 2020 –
For over a year, through our Apes Like Us project, we have been discussing, surveying, and visiting schools in the U.S. and in and around great ape sanctuaries, and working with partners to ascertain how can we best support their efforts to teach the value and importance of great apes. What we know thus far is we still have much to discover before committing to production. That work begins at a new level in 2020.
What we do know is our content and resources will be original and unique. We will be developing a series of videos and accompanying Learning Activity Guides (patterned after our widely used GLOSSOPEDIA Learning Activity Guides) to help explore the five great apes; where they live, their shared traits and family tree, behavior, and the threats to their survival. Over the course of this five-year pilot project we will be soliciting a wide range of users including formal and non-formal educators, sanctuary education teams, NGO educators, etc.
If you are or know any one you think might be interested in participating please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If the Great Ape Awareness Project is something you or an organization you know are interested in collaborating on or funding in part or whole, please let us know.
Primate of the Month
One of our favorite ongoing education and awareness programs is the Primate of the Month Newsletter through Apes Like Us. This is a great way to learn about some of the world’s most incredible primate, one species at a time. With original photos and video, coupled with plenty of info and fun facts, these are great for the whole family. Don’t miss out – sign up today and check out previous Primates of the Month below!
Great Apes Awareness News
May Primate of the Month - the Putty-Nosed MonkeyThe Putty-Nosed monkey, sometimes referred to as the Greater Spot-Nosed monkey, are part of the Guenon family, and, as their name suggests, are distinct due to the white or tan splotch of fur on their nose. Putty-Nosed...
April Primate of the Month - the Proboscis Monkey Proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) are found in each of the nations on the island of Borneo — Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, and are concentrated primarily in coastal areas. There are two Proboscis subspecies: n....
Encountering your first wild chimpanzee cements in your memory an image about what a chimp is and looks like. For me, that was chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park on the sandy shore of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. In 1989 I was a naïve wannabe wildlife...
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