ARC consists of two types of members: sites that manage populations of African apes and researchers who study African apes.
ARC member sites can propose projects with which they need researcher assistance. Managers can 1) propose a project they hope a researcher can complete to help improve the management of their population, 2) advertise data they will make available for publication, if a scientist can use the information to make management recommendations or 3) offer assistance in collecting publishable data or testing a technology that will also help them understand how to better manage their population.
ARC member researchers can propose research projects to identify member sites that are willing to facilitate their research projects. Given the world class resources that ARC members provide, researchers can propose questions involving ape behavior, cognition, genetics, genomics, endocrinology, morphology, health, welfare, conservation, conservation education and more. ARC member sites also allow for species comparisons between bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas as well as subspecies comparisons between Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii and Pan troglodytes troglodytes. With the world's largest population of ape infants ARC member sites also allow for comparative developmental comparisons.