Zoo Partners with Conservation Initiative in Bid to Help Save Great Apes from Extinction

This week Twycross Zoo cemented itself at the forefront of great ape conservation by successfully partnering with the United Nations Great Ape Survival Partnership.

The Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) unites all the principal parties in great ape conservation in a concerted approach to ensure the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat in Africa and Asia.

5Sharon Redrobe, Chief Executive of Twycross Zoo, said: “Twycross Zoo’s goal is to play a leadership role in the conservation of great apes, and becoming a GRASP partner is part of that process. We already support numerous field projects, and GRASP will help provide the political access and international profile to have an even greater impact.”

With its position within the United Nations system, GRASP has a unique and vital role in great ape conservation, complimenting the efforts of other organisations through appropriate diplomatic channels. By becoming a partner Twycross Zoo joins the likes of the Jane Goodall Institute and Wildlife Conservation Society, as well as governments from 31 different countries in the fight to conserve great ape species.

5“It is clear the protecting great apes and their forest homes will require a broad-based effort to be successful,” said Doug Cress, programme coordinator of GRASP. “Twycross Zoo’s commitment to primates and to conservation makes it an ideal partner for GRASP, and we look forward to collaborating on specific initiatives.”

Sharon went on to say, “Twycross Zoo has extensive expertise in the field pf primate management and conservation and over its 50 years has not only successfully bred all four types of great apes but has also supported in-situ projects in Africa and Asia that focus on the conservation and protection of apes. The zoo continues to play an important role in the conservation of great apes and the partnership between in-situ and ex-situ conservation is vital if great apes are to be saved from extinction.”

Twycross Zoo is found on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border near to Atherstone and renowned as a specialist primate centre. It is also the only UK Zoo to care for every type of great ape, including bonobos.

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