How to help

Dois Chimpanzés

There are many ways to support GAP Project:

1. Volunteering

One of the best ways to support GAP Project work is to become a volunteer in promote the ideas and concepts of the rights of great apes. GAP accepts contribution of activities that can benefit the cause, such as schedule places to educative lectures, elaboration of enclosures projects, development of graphic material, support and participation in events etc. These volunteers must also pay attention to any situation of mistreating against animals to denounce the cases.
This kind of volunteering work, which does not include work in the field with the primates, can be done by any person who is committed to the cause and wishes to use their ability skills and experience for the great primates. Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer in GAP Project should contact us by e-mail –

2. Sign the World Declaration on Great Primates

GAP Project always receives requests for visiting ando n job trainings in the affiliated sanctuaries:

On Job Trainning

Nowadays GAP Brazil does not have an OnJob Training Programme. The Project is still analyzing the best way to offer training opportunities to students in a more specialized degree.


We clarify that the sanctuaries affiliated to GAP Brazil are not opened to visits. The purpose of the sanctuaries is to guarantee the calm and welfare of the great primates kept in captivity, as a priority. In the sanctuaries the primates know they can trust their keepers and other people who have contact with them are trained and gain their confidence little by little. We have primates from many origins and with diverse problems. Guga and other babies and teenagers who are with us for a long time are special cases, for they consider humans as friends and do not have traumas. But the majority of the chimpanzees that we have rehomed present complex traumas and psychological injuries and get much stressed near persons that they do not know. The risk of accidents with these chimpanzees is high, which makes the presence of unknown people very dangerous.

We receive a lot of questions about the fact that we allow some press teams to go to the sanctuaries and do not allow the general public. Then, it is worth to make it clear that the entrance of press and journalists are strictly controlled, with a few people for once and only on permitted areas, respecting the privacy and condition of each primate. This scenery is much different from the one of opened public visiting. The concession for press coverage aims the welfare of the great primates, because the media support allows us to take to the public more information about the conditions and situations faced by the great primates. After all, we need that people get aware of the suffering submitted to great primates in Brazil and in the rest of the world so that we can be successful in our protection purpose. With the press support we can show to a large number of people the work developed with a minimum interference in the daily routines of the sanctuaries’ guests. The good that this can generate is much bigger than a punctual inconvenience.