Born Free’s Primate project has been dedicated to helping apes and monkeys in need since 1992.
Born Free helped develop GRASP, the UN’s Great Ape Survival Project; fights the global trade in ape ‘bushmeat’ and exotic pets; cares for orphan apes at sanctuaries in Uganda, Cameroon and DRC*; funds wild gorilla conservation in DRC; and returns rescued baboons and vervet monkeys to the wild in Zambia.
Born Free’s Primate project:
- Supports the global conservation of wild great apes and monkeys.
- Investigates and campaigns against the bushmeat trade.
- Helps rescue wild apes and monkeys from cruelty and exploitation
- Funds great ape sanctuaries for rescued orphans
Born Free achievements
- Helped expose the plight of baby chimps used by beach photographers in Europe, rescue chimps and create a new chimp nursery (1990)
- Supported the development of the Colobus Trust in Kenya, protecting rare monkeys (1996)
- Worked with local communities to develop a chimpanzee sanctuary and education centre on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda (1998)
- Long-term support of Eastern Lowland gorilla conservation, rescue and education in DRC*, a country torn apart by conflict (2000)
- Helped the UN Environment Programme establish its Great Ape Survival Programme (GRASP), a global initiative to save great apes from extinction (2001)
- Helped combat the illegal trade in gorilla and chimpanzee meat and live infants in Cameroon (2004)
- Helped develop a major facility for rescued chimpanzees at Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon (2006)
*Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire