Apes are Great Activities

Go Ape! with these pages
The Orangutan Learning Tree Project
Primate Research
The Great Ape Heart Project
Cell recycling program
Gorilla Field Conservationin Central Africa
Orangutan Conservation Education Center
As the home of the nation’s largest collections of gorillas and orangutans, Zoo Atlanta supports great apes by conducting scientific research at Zoo Atlanta and in the wild; spearheading the Great Ape Heart Project nationwide; and housing the headquarters of Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.

In 2013, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of The Ford African Rain Forest and Willie B.’s first foray into a naturalistic habitat. Zoo Atlanta has evolved tremendously since its founding more than 120 years ago, and we’re celebrating our success in creating healthy, safe and engaging homes for our animals. Engage children in learning more about great apes and joining us in protecting them by utilizing the activities and resources below.

Year of the Ape activities (PDFs)

Reading list

Early Learning: Me… Jane by Patrick McDonnell
K-1: Little Bobo by Serena Romanelli and Hans de Beer
2-3: Koko’s Kitten by Dr. Francine Patterson
4-5: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
6-8: Search for the Mountain Gorillas (Choose Your Own Adventure Series #25) by Jim Wallace
9-12: A Dark Place in the Jungle: Following Leakey's Last Angel into Borneo by Linda Spalding