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The Great Apes are bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. Please click on the images below to learn more about their taxonomy, status, distribution and conservation of each.

The IUCN group that specializes on Great Ape Conservation, called the Section on Great Apes (SGA) of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, is comprised of 140 leading great ape scientists and conservationists, with an Executive Committee of 22 senior scientists. The SGA has the objective of preventing the extinction of great apes by providing sound technical advice on issues regarding their survival using the most up-to-date information available on their numbers and distributions and the threats they face.


Pan spp.
Chimpanzees and Bonobos

There are two species of Pan – bonobos and chimpanzees, with four subspecies of chimpanzee, living across Africa. 

Gorilla spp.

There are two species of Gorilla, each with two subspecies, living in Africa.

Pongo spp.

There are three species of orangutan, with three subspecies of Bornean orangutan, living in Indonesia and Malaysia on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra

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