World experts discuss the future of the Great Apes and what must be done to ensure their survival!

14 March 2005 General News

World experts discuss the future of the Great Apes and what must be done to ensure their survival!

In March 2005, three prominent primatologists, world class experts in their fields, will tour major Australian cities to lecture on their area of specialty and raise funds for GRASP. The programme will include an opportunity to direct questions to our international panel of speakers on the future of these extraordinary creatures.

Ian Redmond
Mr Redmond is an internationally renowned tropical field biologist and conservationist. For 28 years he has been associated with mountain gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. Like his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the main focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit, a young silverback in one of the Karisoke study groups. In Kenya, 10 years later, ivory poachers killed the cave elephants he was studying and these two horrific experiences led him to become a conservation consultant and advisor for organisations such as the Born Free Foundation, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, Wildlifeline and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Mr Redmond established and chairs the Ape Alliance (70 organisations linked via, the African Ele-Fund and the UK Rhino Group (, all of which encourage conservation groups to work together. He is now Chief Consultant with GRASP, the UNEP/ UNESCO Great Apes Survival Project he helped launch in 2001.

Perth - Wednesday 9 March

Murdoch University, ECL Lecture Theatre 1 South Street, Murdoch 7:30pm to 9:30pm $20 per ticket

Adelaide - Friday 11 March
SA Museum, Pacific Gallery, North Terrace, Adelaide 7:30pm to 9:30pm $20 per ticket

Melbourne - Tuesday 15 March
Venue: Melbourne University, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Basement Theatre Cnr Swanston Street & Monash Road, Melbourne 7.00pm to 9.00pm $30 per ticket

Canberra - Thursday 17 March
National Museum of Australia, Visions Theatre, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula 6:00 pm to 8:00pm $20 per ticket

Sydney - Saturday 19 March
Taronga Zoo, Conservation Lecture Theatre, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman 5.30pm to 7.30pm $30 per ticket

Dr Biruté Mary Galdikas
For more than three decades Dr Galdikas has studied and worked closely with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo in their natural habitat, and is today the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan.

Her dedication not only to understanding the nature of the orangutan but also to preserving the creature’s rapidly diminishing natural habitat also extends to the people, culture and environment.

Dr Galdikas has conducted the longest continuous study by one principal investigator of any wild mammal in the world and spent 32 years in Tanjung Putting, now a national park. She has been featured in Life Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous television documentaries such as CBC’s The Third Angel, Connie Chung’s Eye to Eye, In the Wild with Julia Roberts and twice on the cover of National Geographic. She is the author of many scientific articles, reviews and two books, including her autobiography Reflections of Eden.

Leif Cocks M.Sc.
Mr Cocks has worked with orangutans at the Perth Zoo for the past 18 years and is currently Curator of Exotic Mammals. He is President and founder of the Australian Orangutan Project, which supports the in-situ conservation of orangutans, is an active participant in the

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) which workshops to develop conservation plans and has been involved in numerous field trips to Sumatra and Borneo. Mr Cocks is the author of the Australasian Guidelines for Housing Orangutans and has recently released his book Orangutans and their battle for survival. His other positions include International Studbook Keeper for the Critically Endangered Silvery Gibbon, Husbandry Advisor to the Javan Gibbon Center, Artiodactyl Taxon Advisory Group (TAG), Convenor and Primate Husbandry Advisor for the Australian Species Management Program (ASMP).

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Tony Gilding, Prof. Colin Groves and Dr. Selby King, Leif Cocks GRASP Committee.

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