Best Practices for Great Ape Conservation

Drawing on the expertise of Primate Specialist Group members to develop a consensus of best practices for field conservationists, the Section on Great Apes has developed a series of guidelines that address critical issues in great ape conservation. The series provides up-to-date guidance for conservation and research projects and the government agencies involved in great ape conservation, as well as for the many private companies, development agencies and donors whose activities may impact great apes.

Each publication is focused on a specific issue affecting the immediate survival of great apes, and each provides a comprehensive overview of a designated topic with expert recommendations on how to address it. Six titles in the series have been published and are available in PDF format on the following pages:

Best Practice Guidelines for Great Ape Tourism

Best Practice Guidelines for Heath Monitoring and Disease Prevention in Great Ape Populations

Best Practice Guidelines for Preventing and Mitigating Human-Great Ape Conflict

Best Practice Guidelines for Surveys and Monitoring of Great Ape Populations

Best Practice Guidelines for the Re-introduction of Great Apes

Best Practice Guidelines to Reduce the Impacts of Logging

Great Apes and FSC

Our intention with these publications it to provide a comprehensive framework for natural resource managers working in great ape habitat. To request copies of these documents, please contact Jill Lucena at

The Primate Specialist Group gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Arcus Foundation and USFWS for supporting the publication of these guidelines.