Arcus Foundation

Stories of Impact

Read real-life stories of how our grantees and partners are helping realize great ape conservation at home and abroad.

  1. How Clyde the Chimpanzee Received a New Chance at Life

    For 47-year-old Clyde the chimpanzee, rising above difficult early circumstances has led to dramatically positive changes.

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  2. Industry, Government, Public Have Great Stake in Ape Conservation

    Speaking at September's Great Apes Summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Annette Lanjouw, Vice President of Arcus' Great Apes Program, explains in this video why industry, government, and the general public have an important role to play in conservation of the world's endangered great apes.

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  3. Less Than Human? The Ethics of Our Treatment of Others

    Humans have a long history of doing violence to one another.  And those of us who do not have blood on our hands have a remarkable knack for averting our gaze. This guest blog by David Livingstone Smith examines how we dehumanize others and how understanding this process may help us make the world a more hospitable place for both human and nonhuman animals.

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  4. Deforestation Pledge Gives Hope for Orangutans in Indonesia, Malaysia

    One of the world’s largest paper and packaging producers has committed to ending operations that over decades have wiped out the forest homes of many thousands of critically endangered orangutans in Sumatra, Indonesia.

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  5. Long-Term Partnerships Catalyze Growth in Mountain Gorilla Population

    The world’s mountain gorilla population grew by more than 10 percent from 2006 to 2011, reflecting successful cross-border partnerships and conservation efforts in Uganda, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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What We Support

Promoting respect for diversity among peoples and in nature.

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Specifically, Arcus works to conserve and protect the great apes through three program areas: 
  1. Conservation of Apes
  2. Well-Being of Apes in Captivity
  3. Apes & Ethics

© Annette L. Lanjouw


The Arcus Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation that supports organizations around the world working to conserve and protect the great apes.

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  2. Grant Forms
  3. Grantee Resources

Awarded Grants

International Wilderness Leadership Foundation
Boulder, Colo. $110,550

Orangutan Appeal UK
Effingham Surrey, U.K. $150,000

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