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GRASP; Richard Leakey; apes; extinction; funding; farmers
One of the world's leading conservationists today urged the UK government and business leaders to help in the fight for the survival of the Great Apes.
Dr Richard Leakey, former head of the Kenyan wildlife service, said he wanted to raise millions of pounds for The Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP), which believes gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans face a threat of imminent extinction.
He told a London news conference the money would be used to get a rescue programme underway.
The Great Apes Survival Project will be launched with a gala dinner at London Zoo on Monday May 24.
The executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Klaus Toepfer, and UK Environment Minister Elliot Morley are due to attend the event.
Dr Leakey believes so passionately in the cause that he thinks the environmental movement should now concentrate on the plight of the Great Apes, rather than that of the Giant Panda.
He said: "The Great Apes are in trouble, some...