CENTER FOR GREAT APES Overview
Target demographics: Apes in entertainment, research labs or in the pet industry in need of permanent sanctuary, either due to retirement or due to the danger they represent to their communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 44 ... 13 orangutans and 31 chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes has the largest population of adult orangutans in North America.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Locally, member volunteers: cut browse, make enrichment activities, serve at our two annual member open house events, provide office support and do gardening. National volunteers: raise funds, raise awareness, send "wish list" items and help make connections with people who are interested in the plight of captive great apes.
Geographic areas served: We receive apes from all over the United States.
Programs: Great Ape Rescue Fund provides funds necessary to rescue and care for orangutans and chimpanzees in dire need of permanent sanctuary.
Great Ape Veterinary Fund helps to fund veterinary service for the 44 great apes in our care.
Power to the Primates Fund helps to fund the increasingly high cost of electricity to heat the ape nighthouses during the last two winters of record-breaking cold and running fans during the excessively hot Florida summers experienced lately.
Education and Advocacy programs reach out to inform the general public about the plight of captive great apes and great apes in the wild.
Advocacy Program promotes advocacy for the ban on the use of apes in biomedical testing and in entertainment.
The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Apes can live to the age of approximately 60 years in captivity.
This year our new orangutan nighthouse and habitats were completed in time to accept two new rescue orangutans from Iowa.
Successfully advocated to stop the use of orangutans in Robitussin advertising -- the company did a beautiful job of replacing the juvenile performing orangutan in their TV ad with a computer-generated image.