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Ape TAG Conservation Initiative Awardees
The Ape TAG is proud to announce the first recipients of the Conservation Initiative. These eight projects were selected from the 40 submitted by an international panel of ape experts. They represent a range of conservation activities, from basic monitoring and protection to law enforcement to ecotourism to veterinary/disease monitoring. In addition, they all include strong capacity building components, which will further enhance the ability of range states to conserve apes and other wildlife.

Goualougo Triangle Ape Project: Securing the Future of Gorillas and Chimpanzees in a Changing Landscape

Dave Morgan and Crickette Sanz
Goualougo Triangle Ape Project,
Republic of Congo


Establishment of a National Chimpanzee Disease and Health Monitoring Programme based at Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS)

Dr. Fred Babweteera, Dr. Fabian Leendertz and Dr. Tony Kidega
Budongo Conservation Field Station,


The Bonobo and Congo Biodiversity Initiative: Preserving the Bonobo (Pan paniscus) in the Salonga National Park through Holistic Conservation

Gay Reinartz and Patrick Guislain
Bonobo & Congo Biodiversity Initiative,
Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Protection and Monitoring of Grauer's Gorillas, Gorilla beringei graueri, in the Lowland Sectors of Kahuzi Beiga National Park

Andrew Plumptre and Richard Tshombe
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),
Kahuzi Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

Assessing Chances of Survival of the Orang-utan in Man-Made Landscapes: The Future of the Species?

Drs. Isabelle Lackman and Marc Ancrenaz (KOCP directors), Ahbam Abulani, KOCP Field manager
HUTAN (Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Program - KOCP),
Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Ketambe Reforestation and Ecotourism Development Initiative (KREDI)

Panut Hadisiswoyo
Yayasan Orangutan Sumatera Lestari -
Orangutan Information Centre (OIC),
Sumatra, Indonesia

Population Mapping of Gibbons in Kalimantan, Indonesia: Correlates
of Gibbon Density and Vegetation across the Species Range

Marie Hamard, Dr. Vincent Nijman and Dr. Susan Cheyne
Busang River Initiative for Nature Conservation and Communities (BRINCC),
Oxford Brookes University, UK; School of Social Science and Law, Oxford Brookes University, UK; Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project and Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, UK
Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

Long-term Ecological Research and Conservation of Cao Vit Gibbon in China

Fan Peng-Fei
Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research, Dali University,
Bangliang Nature Reserve, P.R. China

Sanctuary Support
The Ape TAG Conservation Initiative also dedicated 5% of funds from Gold and Platinum level supporters to sanctuaries caring for apes in Africa and Asia. Funds were given to the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance to help support an international conference for sanctuary veterinarians and to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme for infrastructure costs at their quarantine centre in North Sumatra.

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