Online Portal for Primate Conservation and Tourism

The Portal offers free access to showcase tourism products and facilities related to Primates and also conservation initiatives across Africa aiming to conserve and protect these magnificent animals.

According to the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, there are currently 216 species (111 in the mainland while the 105 are found in Madagascar).

The African great apes – chimpanzees, bonobos, western and eastern gorillas – are mankind’s closest living relatives, and have captured human imagination since they were first discovered. African great apes express emotion, use tools, and have complex relationships within their social groups – and there is still so much more that we do not yet know about these animals.

It is no wonder that thousands of people travel to Africa each year just to catch a glimpse of these elusive animals in the wild. However, all four species of African great apes are today endangered: their populations have experienced significant reductions over the past 20-30 years and for most of them this decline is expected to continue in the future if the scale of conservation efforts does not improve significantly (IUCN 2010). The main threats to African great apes are commercial hunting, habitat loss and fragmentation, and disease spread (e.g., Ebola haemorrhagic fever). The major challenge is to ensure the effectiveness of conservation strategies in a regional context where the weak enforcement of national laws and international treaties are constant impediments to conservation progress.

WWF - African Great Ape Strategy 2011 - 2017

Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forest of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas (both critically endangered), and either four or five subspecies.
The chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), also known as the common chimpanzee, robust chimpanzee, or simply "chimp", is a species of great ape native to the forest and savannah of tropical Africa. It has four confirmed subspecies and a fifth proposed subspecies.
The bonobo (Pan paniscus), also historically called the pygmy chimpanzee and less often, the dwarf or gracile chimpanzee, is an endangered great ape and one of the two species making up the genus Pan; the other being the common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes).
In addition to the three Great Apes, Gorilla Bonobo and Chimpanzee, Africa is also home to over 216 species of primates. The primates list includes 105 on the African mainland and 111 on the island of Madagascar.