Julia Ruppell, now officially Dr. Julia Ruppell, defended her dissertation work on white-cheeked crested gibbons in May. She will be taking about a year to write up the results and get them published but here’s a snap shot of what she was studying. Continue reading
The first annual gibbon conference was held last week at the Natural Science center of Greensboro, North Carolina. The conference was a result of a shared desire among zoo staff, researchers, and conservation organizations to fight to save this family of apes. Attendees were from seven different countries representing all categories of involvement with gibbons. During the conference we had many productive conversations about how we can all help conserve gibbons in the wild, while also providing the best captive care. The different presentation sessions focused on conservation, ecology, husbandry, captive management, and population management.
For me, the highlight of the conference was the talk given by the key-note speaker, Dr. Warren Brockelman. Dr. Brockelman has been studying gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand for more than 30 years while teaching behavior and ecology at Mahidol University in Bangkok. He talked for more than 2 hours about gibbon taxonomy, behavior, ecology, conservation, and new methods for counting gibbons in the wild. It was a pleasure to meet someone whose papers I have referenced 100s of times!
A few of the other interesting talks: Continue reading
We have just posted a new Internship! This internship will be based in Thailand where interns will work with endangered small apes (gibbons), monkeys, and other native wildlife. Go to the internships tab for more details and select “Gibbon Husbandry Internship”.
So remember how Julia has been talking about wanting to get together a gibbon internship? Well we’ve finally pulled it off! Rather than being research focused like the giant panda internships this is more aimed at all you aspiring animal managers/husbandry scientists. Continue reading