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8 February 2004 Issue

Great Ape Census Book


Portland, Oregon – After two years of research, record-keeping and volunteer reports, the Great Ape Project today released the Great Ape Project Census: Recognition for the Uncounted, a book that stands as the first comprehensive tally of the captive chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in the United States.

The Great Ape Project Census reveals over 3,100 great apes living in captivity, ranging from modern zoos and sanctuaries to squalid carnivals and cruel laboratories. The Census reflects as much personal information as possible about each great ape, including name, age, sex, location and whether he or she was born in captivity or captured in the wild.

The Great Ape Project Census comes a decade after the publication of The Great Ape Project, the ground-breaking book that helped revolutionize mankind’s consideration of great apes. The Great Ape Project Census includes photos and profiles of numerous great apes, along with essays by noted primatologists and experts such as Jane Goodall, Birute Galdikas, Marc Bekoff, Francine Patterson and Roger and Deborah Fouts. Great Ape Project president Peter Singer contributed the foreword.

“There has been a dramatic change in the thinking of many people about great apes,” Singer wrote, “but this has yet to be adequately reflected in changes in the law, in the moral status we recognize them as having, and in the conditions in which they live. Perhaps this book will bring those changes a step closer.”

The inspiration for the Great Ape Project Census came from the human census being conducted in the U.S. at the turn of the century. The Census had four basic goals:

1.) identify all great apes in the U.S.

2.) report the conditions in which they live

3.) increase public awareness

4.) identify sanctuaries that might be able to provide permanent refuge for those in need.

The Census found great apes in 37 states – including several, such as Connecticut, where they were not previously known to exist – and a staggering 1,280 in biomedical research.

The Great Ape Project Census is priced at $14.95 and available on-line at the Great Ape Project website ( or at select bookstores in the Portland area.

For more information, please contact:
Great Ape Project
[email protected] 

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