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Since our Art with the Apes painting class was so popular (the next painting class will be offered again in October), we’ve decided to host a spin-off called Art with the Apes—a scrapbooking edition!

On Saturday, August 26th, we will be offering a scrapbooking class, led by Scrapbooking Consultant, Donna Gosik, where you can make your very own CGA mini scrapbook! You can select your favorite ape residents (up to 5 apes) to feature in your book. Printed, 4x6 photographs, as well as the book and basic scrapbooking supplies will be provided. Various scrapbooking techniques will be taught and made available during the class, such as inking, stamping, punching, die-cut making, and much more. The end result will be a beautiful, leaf-shaped chipboard scrapbook filled with photos of your favorite apes that you can take home and proudly display. Come have fun with us, find your inner “scrapbooker”, and be inspired by our great apes! No experience is needed.

The class will run from 10:00am-2:00pm and will include a tour of the sanctuary. Please bring a bag lunch or snack. The cost is $75 per person.

For additional information or to register for this class, please contact Lauren at 863-767-8903 ext 222 or

The class is limited to 12 people and participants must be at least 15 years old.

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We will be starting up these Afternoon with the Apes after the heat of the summer is over!

 Join us Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 for Afternoon with the Apes from 1:00-3:00 PM

As you may already know, the Center for Great Apes is not open to the public and we only provide tours under special circumstances and for educational purposes. Therefore, we are sure you will understand that all tours are subject to certain parameters.

The tour will run from 1:00-3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 20th. Please arrive between 12:45-1:00 PM. Anyone who arrives after 1:15 PM will not be able to join this month’s tour and will have to reschedule. The donation cost is $25 per person. All visitors will be required to register prior to tour date and sign our Visitor Consent and Release form the day of the tour. Registration is limited to the first 25 people.

The tour will be a walking tour of about ¼ mile on shell-rock paths with limited sitting spaces. Be prepared to be in the Florida elements including sun, rain, bugs and other critters. Please wear comfortable clothes, hats, and walking shoes and bring your own bottled water. Please note that your scheduled visit may be canceled, rescheduled or interrupted at any time due to an emergency, staff availability, weather, routine care of the apes or other reasons deemed necessary.

To register for this upcoming tour or for more information, please call us at 863-767-8903 or email Lauren at