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Great Ape Conservation

Protecting and Understanding Our Closest Cousins

From field research in the forests of Africa to zoo studies aimed at enhancing our understanding of ape behavior, Lincoln Park Zoo leads the way in great ape conservation.

Great Ape Conservation
In a remote region of the Republic of Congo, researchers are conducting groundbreaking research into how gorillas and chimpanzees live alongside one another in one of the most pristine landscapes on earth.
Every day, zoo researchers use tablet computers to observe and record the activities of chimpanzees and gorillas living at Regenstein Center for African Apes.
By using touch-screen computers to monitor chimpanzees, gorillas and Japanese macaques as they sequence objects and react to the social cues embedded in a glance, zoo scientists can see how primates perceive the world around them.
By observing chimpanzees and gorillas as they use tools and solve novel puzzles at Regenstein Center for African Apes, zoo scientists can better understand how apes learn and innovate.
There are an estimated 2,200 chimpanzees living in the United States today, more than double the number estimated in their home range country of Tanzania in East Africa. Project ChimpCARE is committed to providing sustainable care for all chimpanzees.
Lincoln Park Zoo and the national chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven, have teamed up in an unprecedented partnership to advance care for chimpanzees at both institutions and beyond.


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