GReat Apes Survival Project

GReat Apes Survival Project

The great apes, which include gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans, are classified as a family Hominidae and they are the closest relatives of us human. They are highly intelligent, and spend highly complicated social life. They are full of curiosity, feel sympathy and compassion for colleagues. They sometimes bring up orphans until they come of age. They form alliance with some partners to confront rivals, and at the same time interrupt the formation of alliance by the rivals. They use various tools and they use some kinds of plants as medicine for parasites. They have their own cultures that are characteristic of different groups. These characters of the great apes indicate that human and other animals are indeed related, and remind us of the importance of the coexistence.

Not only have our activities been restricted to the academic research on behavior and ecology of great apes, but also we have been undertaking research of ecosystem of rain forest, activities for conservation of forest and animals, and conservation education for local people. Now that great apes are confronted to the crisis of extinction, we need to exploit our knowledge and experience.

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