Great Apes

Great ape conservation has long been a signature for our team. In particular, we offer depth of expertise in gorilla conservation in Central Africa.

Myriad threats—ranging from poaching to habitat loss to civil conflict—place all four sub-species of gorilla at risk, including the mountain gorilla, Cross River gorilla, Grauer’s gorilla, and western lowland gorilla.

For over 20 years, we’ve worked to address these threats by supporting: effective park management; strong anti-poaching patrols; broader species and habitat monitoring; and sustainable ecotourism. We have also encouraged local communities to integrate their cultural values into the work required to conserve great ape populations and management of their habitats. We believe there is enormous potential to deepen community engagement in conservation across Central Africa by further leveraging the traditional values that support the protection of our closest animal relatives.

As we look to the future of our work with great apes, we see much to signal success and inspire optimism. For example, we will leverage decades of work with mountain gorillas through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme to benefit other great ape populations in the Great Lakes region. We will deepen our partnership with the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration and civil society organizations to better support regional integration of efforts to improve habitat connectivity and protect key ape populations.

As we look to the future of our work with great apes, we see much to signal success and inspire optimism.