Connecting People, Species, Planet.

aka GLOBIO   |   Portland, OR   |


GLOBIO was founded to connect species, people, planet, to create a positive future. In that pursuit, we build partnerships in environmental education, field conservation, teamed with powerful visual resources to support global education and understanding.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Gerry Ellis

Main address

5544 N Burrage

Portland, OR 97217 USA

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Formerly known as

Global Biodiversity Education Foundation for Children



NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Great apes, primates, and their habitat are rapidly disappearing. Victim to habitat loss due to climate change, human encroachment and logging, poaching for bushmeat and illegal wildlife trades, zoonotic disease transmission, and much more, species populations around the world are plummeting. Conservation organizations are working to enact change and protect these species despite non-cooperative government oversight, lack of law enforcement, poverty, lack of local education and engagement, and more, all while operating under tight budgets and now, with additional difficulties due to Covid-19. Throughout this, public misinformation and lack of interest often spur these issues further, making it more difficult for conservation organizations and wildlife sanctuaries to meet their missions and thrive.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Apes Like Us

APES LIKE US is a GLOBIO project to create greater global awareness of great ape survival — it features original video content, educational materials, and resources support to ape sanctuaries and field conservation projects — in turn connecting people to some of the most pressing issues we all face.

Apes Like Us provides GLOBIO a unique story-telling outreach platform. To date, we have reached over a million people worldwide with compelling and engaging original video content on our YouTube channel Apes Like Us.

Apes Like Us is partnering directly with a variety of conservation projects in Africa and Indonesia to increase awareness of great ape survival. This includes the development of a multi-part great ape education series including videos and supporting curriculum about what great apes are, where they live, natural history, and the conflicts they face for survival. This new education project will target schools and villages in and around sanctuaries and conservation areas where great apes live as well as adoption in Western classrooms and zoos.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Great Ape Education Project is about leveraging the charismatic appeal of apes like us to explore and discover answer those questions. In doing so our goal is to create greater global awareness of great ape survival, including our own.

Apes Like Us provides a unique, cross-cultural, visual vehicle for educational outreach. Through compelling and engaging original video content, educational tools and resources, connected projects, and other outreach avenues like our Talking Apes podcast series, we link people locally and globally to critical issues facing apes and all life on Earth.

While the Great Apes Education Project encompasses many aspects of our work through GLOBIO, we will be developing a series of videos and accompanying Learning Activity Guides (patterned after our widely used GLOSSOPEDIA Learning Activity Guides) to help explore the five great apes; where they live, their shared traits and family tree, behavior, and the threats to their survival. Over the course of this five-year pilot project, we will be soliciting a wide range of users including formal and non-formal educators, sanctuary education teams, NGO educators, etc.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sticking true to our roots of promoting environmental awareness and inspiring global stewardship for the planet, GLOBIO has flipped our perspective on how we approach conservation and awareness. Our new approach focuses on four focal regions that have critical at-risk ape and biodiversity numbers, within which we identify and collaborate with like-minded conservation organizations. Currently, we have highlighted the following areas: Upper Albertine Rift Triangle, Western Congo Basin, West Africa Lowland Forest, and Borneo Peat Swamp Forest.

Our support for Program Partners within these regions will manifest through the following ways:
• Creation of media outreach and promotional materials
• Program funding support through grants and donations
• Help drive capacity building initiatives for partners, including skills training
• Develop integrated project approaches to expand local conservation capacity
• Provide additional conservation support as needed, including: development assistance, network building, resource provision.

Our Programs Partners are chosen based on a particular set of criteria which encompasses the primate species they work with, the scope and nature of their external conservation activities, and the geographical region in which they work. Currently, each of our Program Partners is involved in multiple aspects of the following activities:
• Wildlife Rehabilitation/Release/Sanctuary
• Wild Habitat Management, Monitoring, and Conservation - for protective or research purposes
• Habitat Reforestation Projects
• Wildlife Protection Legislation - at state or local level
• Local Community Outreach Programs - for social and economic development
• Local Environmental and Conservation Awareness - children and adults
• Eco-Tourism Initiatives

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

"With knowledge comes understanding, and with understanding comes the power to change lives and the compassion to help heal." ~Andrea C Reed, PhD

GLOBIO's mission is to inspire a positive relationship with our environment by connecting species, people, and planet. As an environmental awareness nonprofit, we work towards this goal by providing support to conservation organizations around the world and sharing their stories globally while educating the public about our shared environmental issues. We believe that one of the best ways to create these connections between species, people, and the planet is by creating compelling, engaging media content of charismatic megafauna (focusing specifically on Great Apes and Primates) to create awareness and educate individuals on the intricacies and wonders of these animals and the habitats in which they live. We aim to expand our reach to touch new audiences of all ages and inspire action on behalf of the environment.

Additionally, by supporting select conservation nonprofits in areas of critical biodiversity through capacity-building initiatives, media content, and other projects, GLOBIO is helping our partner organizations fulfill their mission and better protect their focal species and landscapes. We work closely with our partners to address their needs and garner further support for their species-saving activities by crafting and spreading media content to global audiences on their behalf.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,



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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Board of directors
as of 8/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Doug Gastich

Douglas Gastich

Todd Trzcinski

Colburn Shindell

Gerry Ellis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/11/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.