IUCN, Western Gorilla: Critically Endangered | IUCN, Eastern Gorilla: Endangered | CITES: Appendix I | ESA: Endangered
Between 2010 and 2014, 52 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums reported taking part in a variety of field conservation projects benefiting gorillas. Over those five years alone, the AZA community invested $4.5 million in gorilla conservation. In 2010, the Ape TAG Conservation Initiative was launched by AZA's Ape Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), with the goal of increasing zoo support for ape conservation. Through the initiative, AZA institutions continually contribute resources to global ape conservation. Institutions also provide financial support to field conservation partners such as the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a charity established for the protection of endangered mountain gorillas through anti-poaching efforts and conservation education programs.
Learn more about these projects, along with other field conservation and research efforts undertaken by AZA member institutions, by visiting AZA's Conservation and Research Database. Institutions report projects and update existing projects on a yearly basis, and these data are used for AZA's Annual Report on Conservation and Science and related publications.
Ape TAG Chair: Tara Stoinski, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Ape TAG Vice Chair: Tracy Fenn, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Western Lowland Gorilla SSP Coordinator: Kristen Lukas, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Western Lowland Gorilla SSP Vice Coordinator: Rachel Daneault, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Studbook Keeper: Roby Elsner, Audubon Zoo
Ape TAG Education Advisors: Connie Kassner, Cameron Park Zoo & Sandi Linn, SaveNature.Org & Nadine Kocanjer, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Western Lowland Gorilla SSP Conservation Advisors: Rich Bergl, North Carolina Zoological Park & Tara Stoinski, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Gorilla Fact Sheet
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to gorilla conservation, please contact SAFEgorilla@aza.org.
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