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Why Sanctuaries?

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no 1 Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary (Pointe Noire, Congo)
Photos from Tchimpounga
no2 Lola ya Bonobo, Bonobo sanctuary (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
Photos from Lola ya Bonobo
no3 Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary (Entebbe, Uganda)
Photos from Ngamba
videoNgamba panorama [click here]
videobedtime at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary [click here]
videofeeding infants at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary [click here]

bonoboWhy should sanctuaries and researchers collaborate?
Sanctuary and researcher collaboration benefits everyone.[more]


chimpanzeeWhy are there African sanctuaries for bonobos and chimpanzees?
The Wild Infant Problem: Wild bonobos and chimpanzees are critically threatened. While Africa struggles to develop economically, the remaining unprotected bonobo and chimpanzee habitats are being destroyed and the apes living within are killed. [more]

  staff at sancturyWhy are sanctuaries an invaluabe resource for studies of non-human apes?
The Aging Lab Problem: Largely due to expense, most great ape laboratories outside the United States have been closed. For most researchers laboratory expenses and administrative requirements have proven insurmountable. For example, the high cost of improving aging facilities for innovative long or short term projects that do not focus on human health is prohibitive. [more]
  chimpWhy do chimpanzees and bonobos benefit from research in sanctuaries?
Learning from sanctuary apes benefits both sanctuary and wild apes [more]
  chimp at vetCan sanctuaries and researchers collaborate?
Yes! They already are. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutonary Anthropology and Harvard University are carrying out successful research programs at three sanctuaries. [more]
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology