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Loss of habitat through deforestation is one of the greatest overall threats to great ape survival in the wild

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Palm Oil Threat

Despite pledges of sustainability, palm oil plantation expansion remains one of the greatest threats to great apes in both Asia and Africa.

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Climate Change

Climate change – fires, peatland destruction, deforestation, shifting rainfall – threatens great apes across their range.

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Palm Oil & Apes

Exploring Our Shared World

Can palm oil plantations and great apes ever mix?

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Apes & Ebola - Ecology of Disease


Apes do catch Ebola – and many other infectious diseases. All great apes, including humans, are susceptible to a range of infectious viruses and bacteria. Devastating disease may spell extinction of great apes in the wild.

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Faces from the Forest — Cameroon

Of all great apes chimpanzees (and bonobos) display a range of facial expressions that make them a delight...
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Baby Business: gorilla baby Yola at Woodland Park Zoo

A recent visit to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo’s Western lowland gorilla exhibit, to watch the public and new...
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Mmmm-ango Monday with Little Larry

One year old baby chimpanzee Little Larry in the care of Ape Action Africa in Cameroon — enjoying...
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CAMEROON — Growing up Chimp: Daphne & Little Larry

Returning to Cameroon I had several projects in mind. One was to capture the lives of the tiniest...
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The staff of Yayasan IAR (International Animal Rescue) courageous work during late 2015 fires in Borneo saving Bornean orang-utans tested the resolve of the staff like no other time in their history.

Begun over a decade ago as an outgrowth of her veterinarian work to save rescued orang-utans in Ketapang city, West Kalimantan Borneo, Dr. Karmele Llano Sanchez, created Yayasan IAR to expand the effort. The center was moved out of the inner city to a 100 hectare forested property. The new location gave rescued orang-utans a healthier environment, an opportunity to expand health care facilities, and ensure greater opportunity for possible return of orang-utans to the wild.


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