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United Nations Moves to Save Great Apes of the World

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced Monday that it would form a special project for protection of apes, for whom "The clock is now standing at one minute to midnight," said Klaus Toepfer, executive director of UNEP. Poaching, habitat loss, and war are blamed for the serious decline in populations of apes, the group composed of gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, and bonobos. This week's In the News reviews the announcement of the UN's Great Apes Survival Project, or GASP, and gives links to Web resources for ape conservation and biology.
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May 23rd, 2001
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April 7th, 2003 at 3:31pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 3:31pm
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