Great Apes Summit to Confront Threats, Seek Solutions in Effort to Save Species

10th Sep 2013 Events, Press Releases

The 21st century issues confronting the long-term survival of great apes – including agro-industrial expansion, ecotourism, illegal trade, habitat destruction, and disease – will be on the agenda when the Great Apes Summit gets underway 21-24 September in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.

Experts from around the world will gather to explore new approaches and innovative solutions to help protect chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos in Africa and orangutans in Asia. The Great Apes Summit is hosted by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), the Arcus Foundation, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and will complement the festival’s biennial media industry conference through a series of high-profile public events and private conference sessions.

GRASP ambassador Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations (U.N.) Messenger of Peace, will deliver a keynote address from the Summit that will be live-streamed via the web on 22 September, and daily news updates will be distributed via Facebook, YouTube, and other social media.

Over 50 Great Apes Summit speakers will bring perspective from a variety of fields, including Google executive Michael Jones, anti-poaching specialist Damien Mander, Harvard professor Richard Wrangham, Conservation International president Russell Mittermeier, Greenpeace advocate Rolf Sklar, Uganda Wildlife Authority director Andrew Seguya, PETA vice-president Dan Mathews, and Volcanoes Safaris director Praveen Moman.

Discussions at the Summit will be grouped under three themes – “Consumption,” “Ethics,” and “Going Forward” – and will utilize moderated panel discussions to tackle major issues. Parallel “Field Notes” sessions will highlight frontline conservation projects.

The Summit will coincide with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (23-27 September). Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Festival, worked closely with GRASP programme coordinator Doug Cress and Arcus vice president Annette Lanjouw to thematically anchor the programming on great apes and conservation with sessions and screenings specifically targeting the issues and challenges faced by great ape advocates.

In addition to the live-stream of Dr. Goodall’s address, the Great Apes Summit will also produce and post daily video updates including interviews with speakers and panelists. These segments will be anchored by journalist Asha Tanna and posted on the Summit’s Facebook page ( and on YouTube for easy access and linking.
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September  2013