Research using great apes is extremely important for understanding human nature. The Hominidae family is currently classified into four genera (Hominidae Homo, Hominidae Pan, Hominidae Gorilla, and Hominidae Pongo) in terms of biology and law. To understand human beings, it is essential to understand the other three genera in the Hominidae family. Alternatively, they are endangered species. The so-called Washington Convention prohibits international commercial trading of these species. Therefore, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans in Japan are extremely valuable in terms of species conservation and academic research.
The Great Ape Information Network (GAIN) project collects and manages information, such as the history, family, genome, behavior, and other materials about all individuals of valuable endangered species such as great apes in Japan, including individuals in zoos. By providing them for joint use by researchers all over the country, we promote the development of academic research and conduct activities to promote the welfare and conservation of great apes.