Great Ape Conservation Movement


Primates, and great apes in particular, are threatened with extinction due to hunting and habitat devastation. The numbers of gorillas are declining due to the destruction caused by humans. Sanctuaries are areas of protection given to great apes which are similar to their natural habitat. They provide a safe haven for primates to live and breed, while allowing individuals to observe and learn more about their species. Ethically, sanctuaries prohibit reckless killing of great apes. In a sanctuary setting, scientists are better able to study the learning capabilities and behaviors of primates while providing them with a safe haven and protection. This project will explore the thoughts and perspectives of some of the key leaders and movement organizations within the gorilla/great ape sanctuary movement.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 4-11-2013


Stephanie McSpirit

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Biological Sciences

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Biological Sciences

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