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Conservation Lecture - Our Cousins in the Congo


2 September 2015 (Wed)
6:00 - 8:00


Conservation Education Centre - Guthrie Road


Ali Cotton, Lecturer in Conservation Science

Insights into the social behaviour & conservation of bonobos. Dr Zanna Clay, University of Birmingham.

Despite being our closest living relatives, bonobos remain the least understood of the great apes, largely remaining in the shadow of their better-known cousin, the chimpanzee. Nevertheless, being so closely related to humans, they provide important insights into our own evolutionary past.

In this evening lecture, I will talk about my experiences working and studying bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My research focuses on studying bonobos to answer evolutionary questions, namely the evolution of language, communication and empathy. Despite their important links to our own past, bonobos have become critically endangered and are now under threat of extinction. This evening, I will discuss the conservation status of bonobos in Congo, what is being done to help save them and where to go from here.

DATE: Wed 2nd September 2015 6pm
LOCATION: Conservation Education Centre - Guthrie Road
INFORMATION: If you would like to join our emailing list, please contact Ali using the details below:

Ali Cotton
Lecturer in Conservation Science
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Please note that we do not have seat reservations for these events, so please arrive in good time to secure a seat.


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