The apeAPP, an innovative mobile phone application that offers the public direct access to field projects that protect chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos in Africa and Asia, was launched today by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) at the Mobile East Africa 2014 conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
The apeAPP is available free to download from both the iTunes store and Google Play, and is configured for the iPhone, iPad, and Android phones and tablets.
Through exciting, colorful graphics, photo galleries, high-definition videos, and regular updates, the apeAPP offers users the opportunity to learn more about these endangered species – their habitats, food preferences, survival threats, and fun facts – and includes a link for easy donations to support favorite projects.
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) strengthened its ties to science and research with the addition of five new partners, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), following a vote by the GRASP Executive Committee .
In addition to IUCN, the world's oldest and largest global environmental network that includes 11,000 volunteer scientists in 160 countries, GRASP added Gorilla Doctors, Conservation Through Public Health, International Animal Rescue, and the Twycross Zoo.
GRASP is now comprised of 95 partners, which include nations, research institutions, United Nations agencies, conservation organizations and private supporters, all committed to the protection of great apes and their habitat.
“GRASP’s goal is to add partners strategically, so we gain skills and expertise that not only support our work, but allow us to be more effective,” said GRASP programme coordinator Doug Cress. “These latest partners clearly address GRASP priorities going forward.”
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has called upon director Martin Scorsese to remove scenes using a live chimpanzee from his upcoming film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” on the grounds that it is cruel and unnecessary.GRASP also protested to lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio and producers and executives from Paramount Pictures, which will release “The Wolf of Wall Street” worldwide on December 25.
Chimpanzee actors are often subject to brutal training methods and are subject to severe emotional and physical stress. Few chimpanzees work for more than a few years, and often end up requiring lifetime sanctuary care.
“This is lazy filmmaking from Mr. Scorsese, someone from whom we expect better,” said GRASP programme director Doug Cress. “In this day and age, with the advances in computer-generated imagery and motion-capture technology, there is no need to use a live chimpanzee. For relatively little screen time, Mr. Scorsese and the makers of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ have condemned a chimpanzee to long-term trauma.”
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The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is an innovative and ambitious partnership comprised of great ape range states with an immediate challenge - to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas (Gorilla beringei, G. gorilla), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), bonobos (Pan paniscus) and orangutans (Pongo abelii, P. pygmaeus) across their ranges in equatorial Africa and Southeast Asia.
The A.P.E.S portal is an online tool that provides real-time, visual representation of information about great apes, their habitats, populations, threats and conservation efforts around the world.
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