Ape TAG Conservation Initiative Forms

To learn more about the Initiative or to apply to be a TAG-supported project, download these materials:


2014-2016 Conservation Awardees

Awardees include:

Using Teacher Training Workshops to Conserve Kibale National Park's Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Population


Goualougo Triangle Ape Project (GTAP): 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


The AZA Ape TAG Conservation Initiative

The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative represents a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of apes. Launched in early 2010, the primary aim of the Initiative is to increase the amount and duration of zoo support for ape conservation.
Specific goals include:

  1. Provide multi-year support
    (minimum three years) for high priority ape populations and sites.
  2. Increase the number of zoos contributing to the in situ conservation of apes.
  3. Increase the presence of the zoo community in ape conservation.
  4. Encourage law enforcement and in situ education through the support of sanctuaries.
  5. Provide zoos with resources to convey ape conservation messages to the public and promote their support for in situ conservation.

Funds are generated by contributions from supporting zoos; these funds are placed into a general fund that is equally distributed among projects selected for support. An exciting aspect of the Initiative is that participating zoos have committed to a minimum of three years of support to enable projects to submit multi-year grants.

Zoos supporting the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative include:

Platinum Supporter ($10,000 per year): Oklahoma City Zoological Park, and San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Gold Supporter ($5,000 per year): Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Dallas Zoo, Detroit Zoological Society, Houston Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Sedgwick County Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and Zoo New England.

Silver Supporter ($1,000 per year): Ape Conservation Effort, Chimpanze SSP, El Paso Zoo, Ellen Trout Zoo, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Gladys Porter Zoo, Gorilla SSP, Jacksonville Zoo, Knoxville Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, Little Rock Zoo, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, Minnesota Zoo, North Carolina Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Orangutan SSP, Potawatomi Zoo, San Antonio Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, Topeka Zoo, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and Virginia Zoological Park.


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