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
July Primate of the Month: ChimpanzeeChimpanzees Chimpanzees are the most abundant of the non-human Great Apes, both in number and geographic range. The four subspecies have a combined population of 172,000-300,000 individuals left in the wild, which occupy a...
Oh my god, I just hit Frodo in the head with my camera — Jane is going to kill me! It was self-defense... it was self-defense... I kept repeating in my head, trying to make it sound acceptable to the most famous chimpanzee researcher on the planet. I knew I had to...
World Rainforest Day June 22, 2020 Venturing into the humid rainforest tropics for the first time can be a shock to your temperate senses. The heat feels like it never goes away. Even at night the heat and humidity can incite a restless riot of tossing in a...