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Congo’s Curious Chimps

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Crickette Sanz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis

The lowland forests of the Congo Basin support an impressive array of primates, including the world’s largest concentrations of great apes. Although Northern Republic of Congo has long been considered a stronghold for the conservation of central chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas, the fact is that these apes reside in a rapidly changing landscape. Most great ape populations in this region are likely to experience alteration of their habitat, the pressures of commercial bushmeat hunting, and/or emergence of disease. Due to these threats and a lack of knowledge of sympatric chimpanzees and gorillas, the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project was initiated in the forestry concession adjacent to the southern portion of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.

Photos Credit: The Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

The widespread coexistence of central chimpanzees and western lowland gorillas has intrigued scientists for decades, but the details characterizing their relationship have remained elusive to field primatologists. The Goualougo Triangle is currently the only site in the lowland forests of the Congo Basin where one can directly observe both of these great apes within the same forest. In fact, researchers at the site have documented more inter-specific associations of these ape species than any other field study to-date. Field studies have also revealed a unique culture of complex tool using skills exhibited by chimpanzees in this region. Come hear about the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project’s efforts to promote the long-term conservation of both chimpanzees and gorillas through applied conservation research, enhanced protection of important ape populations and their habitats, and strengthening of local capacity to implement conservation programs.

Click here for more on the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Registration not required.

All Conservation Conversations are held in the St. Louis Zoo Living World auditorium and parking is free in the Zoo North Lot.

For more information call 314-533-8586 – Note: no need to RSVP for this event.

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Date:
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time:
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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