Remembering Great Apes

A Kickstarter has just launched for a beautiful new photographic book – a follow-up to Remembering Elephants and Remembering Rhinos

Wildlife Photographers United and Born Free have just announced the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign to fund Remembering Great Apes, a new coffee table book showcasing extraordinary images of gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos. The book will feature work by more than 50 of the world’s top wildlife photographers, including Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting and Martyn Colbeck.

Legendary primatologist Dame Jane Goodall will write the foreword, and renowned great ape expert and Born Free Wildlife Consultant, Ian Redmond OBE, will edit the text. Much-loved actress and Born Free Co-Founder, Virginia McKenna OBE will co-sign certificates with Jane Goodall, for the 50 very special limited edition books.


Sumatran Orangutan by Art Wolfe


Remembering Great Apes follows the incredible success of Remembering Rhinos, and Remembering Elephants, which have raised an astonishing £300,000 to date for Born Free’s vital conservation work. The new book is only possible because of generous public support – the Kickstarter launched at 9am today, and more than double the target of £20,000 has been pledged already. It’s fantastic news for apes, because all profits will go towards conservation of the animals and their habitats. Those wishing to support the project can still donate, and there are a number of special incentives and rewards for those who pledge money through the Kickstarter campaign, whether that’s £5 or £3,000 (the cost of the number one limited edition). The Kickstarter campaign allows you to pre-order a copy of Remembering Great Apes, priced at £40 each (RRP £45) plus postage.


Bonobo, Luikotale Research Camp, DRC by Sean Brogan


Remembering Wildlife founder, wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by how many people have embraced and supported the Remembering Wildlife book series and utterly thrilled at how that has translated into such considerable funds raised for conservation projects. It has been an honour to partner with Born Free throughout this journey and I could not be happier to be partnering with them once again for this new book.

“I recently saw gorillas and chimpanzees for the first time in the wild with our ambassador, Born Free Patron Dan Richardson, and we were both deeply moved by the experience. Having the chance to raise awareness about the plight facing these beautiful animals and the chance to raise funds to protect them makes me extremely proud. I could not be more grateful to the photographers whose continued and generous support makes the whole project possible.”


Bornean Orangutans, Indonesia, by Jani Tarris


Born Free’s President, Will Travers OBE, said: “There isn’t a single great ape species that is not in serious trouble. Gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and chimpanzees. Wherever they are in the world are threatened by the relentless impact of their closest living relatives – us! Remembering Great Apes will give everyone not only great pleasure, but the opportunity to help save, protect and conserve these amazing animals.”


Chimpanzee, Tanzania by Greg du Toit


Cover image: Nelis Wolmaran