Call of the Wild

Call of the wild Chimp — that is. This year’s lecture series at the Houston Zoo kicks off with an informative lecture on the conservation of the native habitat of the wild Senegalese Chimpanzee.

Date: Thursday, February 17th 2011
Location: Brown Education Center. Seating is limited.
Time: Gates at 630pm. Speaker series run from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
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“The Houston Zoo welcomes Dr. Jill Pruetz, Co-Founder Neighbor Apes, Associate Professor of  Anthropology Iowa State University and National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

The Fongoli Chimpanzees of Senegal: Dr. Jill Pruetz began research on the Fongoli chimpanzees in 2000 and continues to expand her work to conserve the habitat of wild chimpanzees in southeastern Senegal, to protect the chimpanzees themselves, and to provide for the well being of the Senegalese people who have traditionally lived in the area alongside these chimpanzees. The goal of Neighbor Apes is to promote sustainable conservation practices that take into account the needs of local humans, in part by providing assistance to the people of the various local villages. The Fongoli Chimpanzees were a focus of the National Geographic documentary Chimps: Next of Kin. They are also featured in the National Geographic Magazine feature Almost Human in April 2008 with photographer Frans Lanting.”

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