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: 

  • 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 partner with the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo for the care of orphaned chimpanzees
  • 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.

Donate now to help chimpanzees in the wild:


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  • How you can help
    • Be a hero; recycle your used cell phones-drop your old cell phone into the cell phone recycling box located by the main entrance near Guest Relations.

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    • Avoid getting a new cell phone until it is absolutely necessary. Tantalum, 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, happening January through April!
    • 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.