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Young Apes Youth Conference

Wilma and son, Wallace, resting in a day nest.

Conference Details

Date: October 22-24, 2015                                              This conference will be in Danish.

Location: Zoological Museum, Copenhagen



Theme: Great Ape Education and Conservation

Learn about our closest living relatives (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans) and what you can do to conserve them at a uniquely interactive conference developed for young minds and aspiring scientists, conservationists, and stewards of nature.


Goal: Generate interest and excitement surrounding great ape conservation to raise awareness of issues threatening great ape survival that in turn promotes activism

Conference will include general information about great ape behavior, intelligence, and similarities to humans as well as threats to their survival in the wild such as deforestation, hunting, disease, and pet trade.



  • Day 1 (Oct. 22) 9am to 5pm at Zoological Museum: High school children (ages 15-19)
  • Day 2 (Oct. 23) 9am to 5pm at Zoological Museum: Primary school children (ages 10-14)
  • Day 3 (optional, Oct. 24) 10am to 4pm at Copenhagen Zoo: Zoo Day (all ages including family and friends)


Registration is now open by clicking link in upper left corner.

  • Day 1 and 2 will include afternoon snacks for students and teachers, however participants MUST bring a packed lunch.
  • Participants are responsible for their own snacks and meals on Day 3 at the Copenhagen Zoo. Also participants will receive a reduced admission price of 40 kr. Others accompanying participants will be charged at a full admission fee.

Chimpanzee Conservation in Kibale National Park, Uganda

Documentary produced by Jane Goodall Institute, Netherlands.

Stop the Illegal Live Trade of Great Apes!

Video produced by Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) for World Wildlife Day.

Nature for Kids - Kibale National Park, Uganda

Great Ape Education Program

African great apes are endangered throughout their range. It is possible that some of the African great apes may be driven to extinction within 25 years if measures are not taken to conserve them.

The Great Ape Education Program (GAEP) is an innovative education program for schools in sixteen African countries where the last great apes are surviving.

A coalition of Nature for Kids together with three well-established Uganda-based organizations, U.N.I.T.E. for the Environment, The Kasiisi Project, and the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, collaborated to educate children and rural communities about the threats to great apes in Uganda (in addition the NfK materials will be used in other Great Ape countries) in a new and innovative way. Nature for Kids has developed, written and produced a series of ape-focused conservation films with the NFK Superhero concept. We also developed and produced a range of supporting educational materials designed to be accessible to local people and which are sensitive to cultural beliefs. Our local conservation partners & local communities have all provided input for these.

All NFK materials are produced in English, French and Rutuuro. More information about the Great Ape Education Program and the partners involved can be found on www.greatapeeducation.com

Losing Their Home Sweet Home

Great apes are rapidly losing habitat due to farming, mining, and timber extraction.

Snares are Landmines in the Forest

Great apes, like chimpanzees, sometimes become entangled in snares and suffer painful digit and limb amputations.

Eaten to Extinction


Registration has now closed.

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Conference Team


This project is funded by the Centre for Biocultural History at Aarhus University in Denmark and co-sponsored by the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen and the Copenhagen Zoo. In-kind sponsorship from Rynkeby and Pågen.

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