About Act for Great Apes
What we do
Act for Great Apes helps the sanctuary Ape Action Africa save gorillas and chimpanzees in their native rainforest, and work together with local communities to help improve their lives, too, to protect the forest for everyone who depends on it.
Act for Great Apes also celebrates those of us here at home who provide funding, materials, and ideas that help save these precious primates and the people with whom they share the forest. Won't you join us and take action now? We'd love to have you!
Putting passion for gorillas to work
Act for Great Apes was officially established in 2013 to provide a formal home for US-based projects in support of the primate sanctuary Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, but the relationship is much older than that.
Act founder Susan Lutter first visited Ape Action Africa in 2007, with the objective of seeing first-hand the work being done to save the endangered gorillas of Cameroon.
"I expected to be awed by the animals - and they are amazing - but I was simply overwhelmed by the talent and dedication of the people who are changing their future for the better."
She returned home to California, committed to using her business background to help raise awareness and support for the sanctuary. In the years since that first visit, Susan has reached out to partners who have provided a wide range of funding and materials for the animals, the staff and the communities.
"It is critical to rescue and rehabilitate the orphaned primates, but it is our human behavior that has to change in order to save them in the long run. Ape Action's work with their neighboring communities is respectful and unflagging, and it is working."
Act for Great Apes raises no funds for itself. Any and all work is done at the personal expense of its volunteers, and all revenue raised through various activities is sent straight to Ape Action Africa*. We welcome your ideas, your inquiries and your offers. Thank you.
mail: 555 Bryant St. #862, Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA
tel: +1 650 283 5271 - US
tel: +33 07 85 04 73 77 - France
*Ape Action Africa is a US Charity 501(c)(3) 76-0834562
Donations are tax-deductible by US taxpayers.