Our mission is to engage all people, especially children, in learning how to make respectful, conscious, positive decisions about the planet we share. Further, to explore how we each can make a difference in environmental quality and protecting biodiversity. We realize people must first understand their place in the global community and environment, and in turn the impact of their actions — to that end real-world, practical education is fundamental to our approach.
We work with limited resources and cannot solve every problem, or problems of interest in every place, but we can insure our projects have wide ranging impact. Our program strategy is to create successful projects, and then replicate and partner to scale, leaving a blueprint for others to use and evolve. Our programs are currently focused in three area: Environmental Education, Field Conservation, and Film & Media. These direct our projects, some of which may fall into more than one of our Program areas.
For more information on our project partners, see our Where We Work page.
Learning drives understanding. We realize people must first understand their place in the global community and environment, and in turn the impact of their actions before positive change can occur. Our education program uses a variety of resources to promote formal and informal learning around the world.
Our Field Conservation Programs are critical to our connecting species with people with our shared planet. Partnerships are the foundation of our first step. We hope our models of collaboration are adopted, replicated and expanded to help others make meaningful impact in their own incredible ways.
FILM & media
Visual learning has always been core to human learning – from millennia-old rock art to the latest digital device. Our visual program is creating powerful imagery to educate, motivate and inspire. Our Apes Like Us Youtube Channel is one key element of our Film & Media program.
Program and Project News
Talking Apes is our newest series on our Apes Like Us YouTube channel connecting you to the people and events that matter most to apes like us. Every month Talking Apes brings you a conversation with primatologists and conservationists, filmmakers and writers, rescue...
September Primate of the Month: Western Lowland GorillaWestern Lowland Gorilla While Mountain Gorillas may have the late Dian Fossey as their claim to fame, Western Lowland Gorillas have become well known through their use in zoos and because of the infamous...
August Primate of the Month: Sumatran OrangutanSumatran Orangutan As one of the most critically endangered apes, with fewer than 14,000 individuals remaining in the wild (as of 2016 estimates), the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) is a significant piece of the...
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