The Great Ape World Heritage Species Project

  • Richard W. Wrangham
  • Gali Hagel
  • Mark Leighton
  • Andrew J. Marshall
  • Paul Waldau
  • Toshisada Nishida
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


The mission of the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project is to offer a new way to help avert the extinction crisis that currently faces chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans, and in so doing to assist the plight of these apes in captivity also.

We believe that a higher international profile for the great apes is necessary if they are to survive in the wild. Our goal is therefore to launch a collaboration that will lead to designating the great apes as World Heritage Species. This designation of World Heritage Species would denote a new internationally protected category of species. The essential notion of World Heritage Species status is that any species so named would be recognized to be of outstanding universal value, and to need special help if they are to be conserved in the wild. Outstanding universal value is the operational criterion for nominations to the World Heritage Convention, so designation of World Heritage Species might be through a protocol to...


World Heritage United Nations Environmental Programme Range State Gorilla Population Conservationist Philosophy 
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This chapter represents the energies, ideas, and activity of many individuals and organizations, including Christophe Boesch, Debby Cox, Sally Coxe, Doug Cress, Jim Else, Takeshi Furuichi, Michele Goldsmith, Jane Goodall, Chie Hashimoto, Holly Hazard, Jan van Hooff, Gilbert Isabirye-Basuta, Jamie Jones, Sonya Kahlenberg, Cheryl Knott, Sarah Luick, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Martin Muller, Dale Peterson, Herman Pontzer, Ian Redmond, Vernon Reynolds, Tony Rose, Norm Rosen, Anne Russon, John Scherlis, Craig Stanford, Janette Wallis, David Watts, Steven Wise, and Juichi Yamagiwa. Particular thanks go to David Burmon and Kayo Burmon for their development of Great Ape World Heritage Species Project, Inc., and to the Glaser Progress Foundation for funding the Chimpanzee Collaboratory. GAWHSP also appreciates the support of the Alexander Abraham Foundation, the Carr Foundation, and the Shared Earth Foundation. TN thanks the Global Environment Research Fund from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Wrangham
    • 1
  • Gali Hagel
    • 2
  • Mark Leighton
    • 3
  • Andrew J. Marshall
    • 4
  • Paul Waldau
    • 5
  • Toshisada Nishida
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology Peabody Museum Harvard University CambridgeMassachusettsUSA
  2. 2.The Law Office of Gali L. HagelGeorgiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anthropology Harvard University CambridgeMassachusettsUSA
  4. 4.Department of Anthropology and Graduate Group in EcologyUniversity of California at DavisDavisUSA
  5. 5.Center for Animals and Public Policy Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University North GraftonMassachusettsUSA
  6. 6.Japan Monkey CentreInuyama AichiJapan

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