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The Great Ape Diaries

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The nature and wildlife photographer Gerry Ellis has been traveling the world for three decades. He has documented the plight of orphaned baby African elephants in East Africa. He spent four years in Australia and Papua-New Guinea. Recently he focused on the environmental devastation following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But he’s now at the beginning of what he calls the biggest assignment of his lifetime.

The Great Ape Diaries is a multi-year, multi-media, multi-continent project based on a simple question: will there be any great apes left in the wild by the end of this decade?

Ellis argues that this is not an idle question. He says between deforestation, climate change, wars, poaching, and disease, great apes like chimps, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans may disappear from the wild within eight years.

You can see some of Gerry Ellis’ photos here:

What would you like to ask Gerry Ellis about great apes?

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