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The Great Ape Debate – The Linnean Society, London

Evening Meeting in association with the World Land Trust
David Chivers FLS, John A. Burton FLS, Chaired by The Earl of Cranbrook FLS
30th of April 2009, 6:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING HAS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE, AND THE INFO BELOW IS FROM THE Linnean Society website.
The Great Ape Debate: It is well known that Orangutan numbers have plummeted over recent years, mainly as a result of the spread of monocultures, particularly oil palm. The destruction of huge areas of Orangutan habitat is now seriously threatening the species with extinction. So how best to ensure the survival of the “person of the forest” (the literal translation of ‘Orangutan’)?

This debate will focus on the controversy surrounding Orangutan conservation and whether rehabilitation and reintroduction of rescued captive animals is a viable way of conserving Orangutans or would resources be better spent on the purchase, protection and recreation of their natural habitats? Experts are divided in their opinions, and this forum, consisting of conservation experts, scientists and local conservationists, will pool their views and open the debate to the floor in what should prove to be an intriguing and lively discussion. The issues raised will also be relevant to the conservation of other species. The debate will be chaired by The Earl of Cranbrook, with Dr David Chivers (Cambridge University) and John Burton (World Land Trust) introducing the discussion.

This debate is being convened, and held jointly, with the World Land Trust (WLT), an international conservation charity with a twenty year track record of raising funds for land purchase working through in-country project partners. WLT’s Orangutan Appeal, launched in 2008, has successfully raised funds to save important forest habitat in the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain of Sabah. To find out more about this, and other WLT projects, go to www.worldlandtrust.org .

Taken from the Linnean Society website here: http://www.linnean.org/fileadmin/events2/events.php?detail=179

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