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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gorilla Experts

You Can Meet and Question Some World Reknown Gorilla Experts at Bristol Zoo

Sun, 8/23/2009 - 7:30 AM

By Lucy Parkinson

Bristol, UK - Bristol Zoo Gardens is hosting a series of talks in support of the world-wide ‘Year of the Gorilla’ campaign.

The autumn events offer a unique opportunity to hear fascinating first-hand personal experiences from world renowned gorilla experts.

The first talk, called ‘Gorillas – Survival or Extinction‘ is a chance to hear Ian Redmond OBE, Ambassador for the UN’s Year of the Gorilla, give his views on the future of these amazing animals.

Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and his work with the late Dr Dian Fossey. The event takes place on Wednesday, September 30, from 6.30pm – 9pm.

The next event, on Saturday, November 7, is called ‘My life with gorillas’ by animal welfare hero, Rachel Hogan. Rachel has dedicated her life to to raising orphan primates in Cameroon, Africa, whose families have been slaughtered by hunters as part of the illegal bushmeat trade.

Rachel manages the 1,044 hectare Mefou National Park ape sanctuary on behalf of Ape Action Africa, a UK charity which works closely with Bristol Zoo Gardens. Last year she received an Animal Action Award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Rachel, star of Animal Planet’s “Growing up Gorilla” and “Going Ape” series, will be speaking of her experiences in Cameroon.

The final talk in the series, on Thursday November 26, sees Bristol Zoo’s head of veterinary services, Sharon Redrobe, talk about her experiences working with gorillas in zoos and in the wild.

Sharon is a specialist zoo vet who lectures internationally on zoological medicine. She has been the head vet at Bristol Zoo for 10 years and will be discussing her fascinating and ground-breaking vet work with gorillas both at Bristol Zoo and in Cameroon.

All talks will be held in The Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens from 6.30pm – 9pm. Tickets are £4/person (£3/student). Availability is limited so advance booking is advised. To book phone 0117 974 7300 or email

Photo captions:

1) Rachel Hogan, manager of the Mefou National Park ape sanctuary in Cameroon, feeding a young gorilla

2) Ian Redmond OBE, Ambassador for the UN’s Year of the Gorilla

Bristol Zoo Gardens

· Bristol Zoo Gardens is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day.

· The Zoo is an Education and Conservation Charity and relies on the income from visitors to support its work.

· The Zoo is involved with over one hundred co-ordinated breeding programmes for threatened wildlife species.

· It employs 140 full and part-time staff to care for the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support its conservation and education work.

· Bristol Zoo Gardens supports – through finance and skill sharing - over 10 projects in the UK and abroad that conserve and protect some of the world’s most endangered species.

· Bristol Zoo Gardens is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums. BIAZA represents more than 90 member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.

Ape Action Africa

· Ape Action Africa is a charity committed to protecting Cameroon’s great apes through direct action.

· Its front line conservation work includes rescuing orphaned or injured great apes, providing individual care and giving them a safe forest sanctuary home where they can live with their own kind.

· CWAF also works directly with local communities to ensure they have a greater understanding of primates and the importance of their long-term protection, and to create suitable habitats where great apes can one day live peacefully in their natural environment safe from the threats of encroachment or poaching.

· For further information please visit

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