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Encyclopedia > Great Ape Trust

The Great Ape Trust is a 200-acre ape sanctuary and language study in Des Moines, Iowa that houses orangutans and bonobos. The sanctuary opened to primates on September 28, 2004.[1] The primary mission of the Great Ape Trust is studying language in primates, primarily by teaching language to bonobos and orangutans from infancy.[2] Nickname: Hartford of the West, City of Skywalks, Raccoon City, DSM Location in the State of Iowa, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Iowa County Polk County Incorporated September 22, 1851 Government  - Mayor Frank Cownie Area  - City  77. ... For the chess opening, see Sokolsky Opening. ... For other uses, see Bonobo (disambiguation). ... For the ecclesiastical use of this term, see primate (religion) Families 13, See classification A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all lemurs, monkeys, and apes, including humans. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Primary Researchers

Sue Savage-Rumbaugh
Rob Shumaker
Benjamin Beck
Karyl Swartz
Duane Rumbaugh
Serge Wich Sue Savage-Rumbaugh is most famous for her work with two bonobos, Kanzi and Panbanisha, investigating their use of language using lexigrams and computer-based keyboards. ...

Notable Residents

Panbanisha Kanzi (born October 23, 1980), a bonobo, is one of the most most famous and accomplished linguistic apes, in research led by E. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. ... Nyota (born 1998) is a Bonobo. ... Panzee and Panbanisha are two apes with whom research is being carried out in the United States. ...


  1. ^ Beeman, Perry. Apes Swing Into New Home. The Des Moines Register, September 29, 2004.
  2. ^ Paulson, Amanda. English 101 for Bonobos. The Christian Science Monitor, May 10, 2007.

The Des Moines Register is the daily morning newspaper of Des Moines, Iowa, in the United States. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international newspaper published daily, Monday through Friday. ... May 10 is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

External Links

The Great Ape Trust website

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