Goals & Importance:

Provide a safe, natural habitat for captive gorillas outside Africa
Foster interspecies communication in an ideal climatic setting for great apes
Allow millions of viewers to learn about great apes via internet technology
Establish a permanent home for The Gorilla Foundation to advance its mission

Current Status:

The Gorilla Foundation has raised and invested roughly $2M to develop a beautiful leased 70-acre site on Maui, Hawaii, as a great ape sanctuary.   We are now looking to expand that site to approximately 350 acres and secure it as a great ape sanctuary in perpetuity by finding a major donor to purchase the landThe land acquisition has become an important prerequisite for continuation of the project. A major donor or corporation interested in helping us with land acquisition will be entitled to selected naming rights, for both the land and the internet-based virtual visitor center that will connect this unique sanctuary to a worldwide audience.  If you are interested in becoming such a major donor,  please contact us.









  1. Invested:  TGF has raised $2M for the Maui Ape Sanctuary and invested it in the 70-acre leased site — for land preparation (clearing, grading and planting), foundations, utilities, reservoir and design and engineering (see pie chart). 

  2. Needed: Before additional funds are raised or invested, TGF must first purchase the land — 350 acres which includes the leased site to provide a suitable long-term habitat for gorilla family development and an integrated center for interspecies communication research and education.  The estimated price of the expanded sanctuary land is between $5-10M.   This value is sue to be re-appraised in August 2018, at which poiont fundraising by TGF will commence. 


The Maui Great Ape Sanctuary is an ideal location for the Gorilla Foundation to accomplish its long-term goals of helping gorillas in both captive and free-living settings, and as a center for great interspecies communication research to optimize care and maximize world-wide empathy for the species.  It's completion is contingent on a major donation to purchase the land for long-term stability and a partnership with a captive gorilla institution who wants to be the first to make it a home to several gorilla families. 

We will provide updates here at on the status of this monumental project.

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If you would like to be a maor donor or partner on the Maui Sanctuary, please contact us.



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The Gorilla Foundation /
1733 Woodside Rd., Suite 330
Redwood City, CA, 94061
1-800-ME-GO-APE (634-6273)

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Our mission is to learn about gorillas by communicating with them, and apply our knowledge to advance great ape conservation, education, care and empathy.
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