Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Primates in peril

Primates in peril
conservationists reveal the world’s 25 most endangered primates

The world’s 25 most endangered primates are due to be revealed at a conference at Bristol Zoo Gardens on Thursday.

Mankind’s closest living relatives – the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures according to Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008–2010.


Where: The Clifton Pavilion, College Road, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

When: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Timings: 10.30am – Arrival, tea & coffee available.

11am – Welcome by Dr Jo Gipps, Director, Bristol Zoo Gardens

11am – Dr Russell Mittermeier introduces the list of endangered primates.

11.20am - Prof Anthony Rylands describes some species from the list.

11.35am - Q&A session for guests and the media

11.45am – press interview opportunities.


· Dr Russell Mittermeier, Chair IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and President, Conservation International;

· Dr Jo Gipps, Director, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Chair, Conservation & Sustainability Committee of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA);

· Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Head of Research at Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (who co-edited the report)

· Dr Simon Stuart, Chair IUCN Species Survival Commission

· Prof. Anthony Rylands, deputy chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group

Full press packs, with images, will be available on the day or on email by request.

To RSVP or request a press pack, please contact Bristol Zoo’s press office:

Lucy Parkinson, T: 0117 974 7306, E: lparkinson@bristolzoo.org.uk

Vanessa Hollier, T: 0117 974 7309, E: vhollier@bristolzoo.org.uk

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