GRASP seeks ideas from bloggers

GRASP (Great Apes Survival Partnership) has launched a blog competition asking the general public ‘How Can Technology Save the Great Apes?’ The winner will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Paris to attend the 2nd GRASP Council at the beginning of November 2012.

Blog posts eligible for entry are limited to less than 500 words and must be posted on the GRASP Facebook page or sent by email to before the closing date of September 15th. All entries will be judged by a panel of conservation experts. The winner – from a shortlist of five – will be voted for by the public. The closing date is October 1st, a month before the Council meetings on 8th and 9th November.

“Great ideas come from inspiration, and GRASP believes the online community offers a unique perspective on some of the conservation issues we face,” said Doug Cress, Co-Ordinator of GRASP. “If there is a new or novel approach to protecting chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas or bonobos out there, we want to hear it.”

According to their newsletter, “The competition is an opportunity to flex writing skills and creative energy, and entrants are encouraged to offer bold, visionary ideas. Technology is rapidly assuming a major role in the battle to protect great apes and their habitat, and GRASP is seeking ideas that are fresh and innovative.”

Rules of entry and further details of the Great Apes Survival Partnership blog competition can be found on the GRASP website.