Note: Completion of this project, which was initiated in 1990 by a gift of 70 acres of leased land on Maui, is contingent upon: a) finding a major donor to purchase the land, so that it is protected as a gorilla sanctuary for perpetuity, and b) developing a partnership with a zoo or sanctuary to help Koko expand her gorilla family. This is a great opportunity for an individual major donor to sponsor the Maui Ape Preserve. Gorilla sanctuaries outside of Africa are desperately needed, due to the continuing threat of human-induced extinction in their homelands, via the illlegal bushmeat trade and habitat destruction. Contact the Gorilla Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Gorilla Foundation is constructing a unique and critically
important gorilla preserve on west Maui, Hawaii. The Maui Ape
Preserve will provide a natural environment for Koko and other
gorillas, and is a vital step toward saving the species from
imminent extinction. MAP will consist of a secluded Sanctuary
on 70 acres of land provided by the Maui Land and Pineapple
Company, and a unique high-tech Visitor Education Center in
a convenient tourist location. Construction is in progress —
and now you
BENEFITS of the Maui Ape Preserve
1. Research: Only with a fuller understanding
of our closest biological relatives, the great apes, can we
place ourselves in the necessary context to gain critical insights
about ourselves as a species. MAP will establish a permanent
home for interspecies communication research, which is revealing
how much we share emotionally and intellectually with these
2. Education: MAP will establish an urgently
needed world-class program designed to inspire and train the
next generation of scientists and conservationists to expand,
teach and apply the lessons learned from interspecies communication
3. Conservation: It is essential to provide
secure and appropriate habitats for gorillas like Koko in need
of alternative living conditions. MAP will establish a sanctuary
that resembles the natural habitat of gorillas in Africa as
closely as possible, fosters the development of natural family
social groups, and applies the insight gained from interspecies
communication to maintain the best environment possible for
them. MAP will thus serve as a model for the proper care of
gorillas, and for using technology to create "virtual visitor
centers" that raise the awareness of people around the
world about the virtues of protecting gorillas and other great
apes from human development of their habitats.
"We are not alone, but we soon could be ..."
Please act now!
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