Welcome to African Apes Foundation!

Board of directors

Ann Olivecrona
Graduated from school in Ljusdal. Worked at Borås Zoo during the summers from the age of thirteen. At sixteen took a year off from school and went to England and worked at Longleat Safari Park for a year, and went back every summer to work there during the summer for the next four years. Worked at Kolmården Safari Park and helped start it up from 1972-1973. Went to Africa 1973 and worked for Chipperfields in Uganda and Sudan catching animals for their own safari parks until 1975. Studied zoology at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, when it was an Oxford affiliated university, and graduated with a BSc in 1975. Worked in the safari industry until 1983, and then spent the next ten years in the film industry in Africa.Worked as a zoologist at Borås Zoo from 1993 to 1995, when she returned to Africa and ran a chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya for ten years. Has since then also spent a lot of time rescuing chimps, placing them in sanctuaries in other countries and is now working as a tour guide. Ann is now trying to start a new sanctuary Kenya, and well as working on trying to stop the illegal trade of the Great Apes.



Jonna Resmark,
Graduated in 2010 from Ingrid Segerstedts Gymnasium, has since studied courses in African studies and French. She is currently studying International Relations at Gothenburg University.

She has since childhood had a burning interest of animal welfare, in particular for the great apes, thru her aunt Ann Olivecrona. Especially chimpanzees have a place close to hart.


John Ledin,
BSc Cass Business School
Analyst Tenzing AB Capital Markets



Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
Graduate from Stockholm University School of Economics in 2010, specialized in marketing. Has also studied Art Science, Fashion Science and Fashion Merchandising Management, the later at FIT in New York. Started to work with Ann Olivecrona in 2003 through volunteering at her Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Nanyuki, Kenya, and has been devoted to animal rights - especially Chimpanzees, since then. Since 2010 Filippa works as a PR manager at Lindex in Stockholm.



Britt-Marie Seex





Nina von Krusenstierna



Mission Statement

The African Apes Foundation's primary target is to provide a safe haven for confiscated and displaced African apes. In addition, the Foundation will help to rescue other wildlife that are in the same precarious situation.