James Brooks

International A-Team Member




Name: James Brooks, Ape Conservation

Current Age:  18

Years Active: 5+

Website: www.ApeAware.org, www.1000Classrooms.org

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Email:    Apeaware@gmail.com

Location: Ontario, Canada

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Primary Campaign:  Primate preservation.

Education Efforts:  2 websites and daily twitter messages about Bonobos.

Funds Raised to Date:  


"From a very young age, apes and monkeys have always been my favourite animals. When my parents would take me to zoos as a kid, instead of trying to see every animal, all I would want to do was watch the apes and monkeys play. When I found out what was happening to them and learned about deforestation and poaching, I knew I had to get involved. I began contacting people asking the best ways I could help. At age 8, I began doing odd jobs such as raking leaves or shovelling snow to raise funds and I started asking for donations instead of birthday or Christmas presents.  I realized that there was not much good information for kids about apes so I started the website www.apeaware.org to educate people about apes and help save them.  Since I wanted to get more people involved, I started the 1000classrooms.org project which over the past three years has helped support an egg collective which was established by the Canadian Ape Alliance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 1000classroms project supports the Eggs for Kids program of the Canadian Ape Alliance which feeds hungry children, gives an income to poor widows, protects endangered gorillas, and educates North American students about apes, Africa, and the environment.  Classes raise small amounts to buy and donate eggs to children at the Kahuzi-Biega School in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. No individual needs to donate more than a few cents. The eggs are sold by the widows of park rangers who were slain or died while protecting endangered gorillas.  The Congolese children who are the future protectors of the gorillas receive nutritious food, the widows are given an opportunity to earn an income, and we reduce demand to kill gorillas for food or destroy their rainforest habitat.  We have educated thousands of children about issues facing people and animals in Africa.  Further, students have learned that they can make a large difference with very small donations.   My love of apes and the knowledge that so few people know what is happening to them got me started and continues to inspire me."

"I have always felt a connection between animals I would meet and myself. I have learned a lot about them and also a lot from them. One species of animal specifically I have learned a lot from are bonobos. Sally Jewell Coxe wrote an article about bonobos labelling them Victims of War, Messengers of Peace. Bonobos are usually very peaceful and  unlike many animals who are extremely territorial, when two groups of bonobos meet each other they can work together to achieve a common goal.    They can also live in very large groups without having wars and can all cooperate in one big troop.  Bonobos are genetically extremely close to humans; human cultures would be improved if we took lessons from bonobo culture.  I post a fact each day on twitter about bonobos as @knowabonobo to try to raise awareness and get more people involved in saving the species genetically closest to us.   We must protect all the fragile species that are essential to the health of the planet.  If we cannot protect the other great apes from extinction then humans cannot in the long term sustain themselves."


James Brooks started helping apes at a young age.  

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