The conservation world was shaken recently by news of the untimely death of Dr Ymke Warren. Ymke was working in Cameroon for the Wildlife Conservation Society, whose Executive Director, Africa Program, James Deutsch, sent the notice below to colleagues on 2nd July.
Ymke was a warm and wonderful, energetic and determined person with a passion for life in general and gorillas in particular. I first met her when she was a student volunteering at the Gorilla Organisation office in London. She set her sights on becoming a primatologist and conservation biologist and succeeded, gaining an MSc for her work on Mountain Gorillas and a PhD for her research into olive baboon ecology in Nigeria and later working on black mongoose in Namibia. For the past five years she has dedicated her career to work on Cross River Gorillas. It seems inconceivable to be writing an obituary for someone so full of life. As Ymke’s family and friends come to terms with their tragic loss, we thought those of you who knew her would like to share your thoughts, memories and photographs by up-loading them here.
Chairman, Ape Alliance