Chimpanzee Conservation

The Houston Zoo loves its’ chimpanzees and wants to do everything we can to protect them in the wild. The Houston Zoo supports chimpanzee protection efforts in Africa through: 
  • Faleme Chimpanzee Conservation Project: Works in the southeastern corner of Senegal to study and protect West-African chimpanzees. Long-term research coupled with community education and outreach programs, this project seeks to prevent West-African chimpanzees from extinction, where extreme mining and deforestation are the main threats to these animals.
  • Jane Goodall Institute: Supports the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa that houses orphaned chimpanzees, employs local guards to prevent poaching, and performs biological surveys. 
How the Houston Zoo helps:
  • We support Falémé Chimpanzee Conservation Program staff as they keep track of wild chimpanzees through hidden cameras which take photographs and videos.
  • We assist in developing fun and educational activities for local villages and people living alongside chimpanzees in Senegal, Africa.
  • We host an annual “Action for Apes Challenge” that invites local Houston schools, business, and organizations to join us in an effort to recycle as many used phones as possible to protect chimpanzee habitats where cell phone materials are mined!
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  • How you can help
    • Be a hero; recycle you used cell phones-drop your old cell phone into the cell phone recycling box located by the main entrance near the gift shop.
    • Avoid getting a new cell phone until it is absolutely necessary. Coltan, a mineral found in every phone is mined in chimpanzee habitats!
    • Are you a school, business or organization? Join our yearly Action for Apes Challenge (link to page once completed)!
    • Visit the Zoo! Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.
    • Learn more about the wildlife protection projects we support and donate to help save chimpanzees in the wild.

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