AZA Ape Tag Conservation Initiative
A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.
Africa and Asia
Chimpanzee, western lowland gorilla, eastern gorilla, Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan, Western Bornean orangutan, white-bearded gibbon, Cao vit gibbon
IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species
Endangered or Critically Endangered
About the Project
Apes—bonobos, chimpanzees, gibbons/siamangs, gorillas and orangutans—are found in 120 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions. The primary mission of the AZA's Ape Taxon Advisory Group (Ape TAG) is to coordinate the management of these five taxa within AZA zoos.
Specifically, the Ape TAG works with the individual ape Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs to ensure that ape populations in accredited zoos are properly managed to secure their long-term future and physical and psychological health.
Additionally, the Ape TAG makes recommendations for how ex situ populations of apes may most effectively serve as ambassadors to educate zoo visitors and contribute to the conservation of their wild counterparts.
Project Mission: To increase the role of zoos in ape conservation by providing long-term, sustainable funding to ongoing projects.
2014 – 2016 Grant Recipients are:
Using Teacher Training Workshops to Conserve Kibale National Park’s Chimpanzee (Pan troglodyte schweinfurthii) Population
Organization: UNITE for the Environment Program
Protection of West African Chimpanzees in Sapo National Park
Organization: Wild Chimpanzee Foundation
Western Lowland Gorilla
Combining Site-based Initiatives and Collaborative Partnerships to Strengthen Conservation Policies and Local Leadership to Ensure the Long-term Survival of Gorillas in the Northern Congo
Organization: Goualougo Triangle Ape Project
Location: Republic of Congo
Protection and Monitoring of the Virunga Mountain Gorilla Population
Organization: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
Securing Orangutan Survival in a Mosaic Landscape KinabatanganOrganization: HUTAN – Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Program (WPZ Partner for Wildlife)
Advocating the Protection of the Leuser Ecosystem
Organization: PanEco Foundation – Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)
Western Bornean Orangutans and White-bearded Gibbons
Preserving Apes and Building Capacity Using Participatory Monitoring of Ape Populations Across Complex Ecological Landscapes
Organization: Gunung Palung Ape Ecology and Conservation Project
Cao Vit Gibbon
Empowering Stakeholders to Conserve the Cao Vit Gibbon
Organization: Fauna and Flora International