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The Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI), located in Des Moines, Iowa, is a unique research facility and sanctuary dedicated to studying and preserving great apes. Established in 2004, the ACCI is renowned for its extensive work in understanding great apes' behavior, cognition, and communication, primarily bonobos. The initiative strongly emphasizes providing its resident apes with high-quality care and a stimulating environment.

While the ACCI primarily serves as a research facility, it also provides educational outreach programs for schools, colleges, and the general public. These programs offer insight into the world of great apes, covering their cognitive abilities, conservation status, and human similarities.

The ACCI contributes to the conservation of great apes by conducting research that aids in understanding their needs, raising awareness about the threats they face, and supporting conservation efforts in their native habitats. They also actively educate the public about the plight of great apes in the wild, emphasizing the impact of deforestation and illegal hunting.

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    230 acres
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    (515) 243-3580
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