Drs. Crickette Sanz and David Morgan:
“Using Science to Conserve Chimpanzees and Gorillas of the Congo Basin”

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Time Details: 5:30PM Business Meeting for Members Only
6:00PM Cocktails – Cash Bar
6:45PM Dinner
7:30PM Speaker
Location: Please contact Becky Doane for Location information
See flyer for details

Description:

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.

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. 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. This presentation will showcase recent scientific findings of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project’s research team and highlight their efforts to promote the long-term conservation of these endangered apes through applied conservation research, enhanced protection of important ape populations and their habitats, and strengthening of local capacity to implement conservation programs.

Please Note: April is Earth Month and ECSL is holding a Shoe Drive in support of The Shoeman Project. Learn more details about the ECSL Shoe Drive.
Walk-Ins Welcome: No
Reservation Deadline: March 30, 2011
Reservations to: Becky Doane (rdoane@thompsoncoburn.com) or 314-231-2306, x1302
Please include your name and the names of your guests when making reservations.
Payment Information: Mail your check (payable to St. Louis Chapter - The Explorers Club) – with your name and the names of your guests – to:
   Ms. Becky Doane
   Thompson Coburn LLP
   One US Bank Plaza, 34th Floor
   St. Louis, MO 63101-9702
Member Dinner Ticket: $60
Guest Dinner Ticket: $60
Lecture Only Ticket: No

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