The apes: Challenges for the 21st century - Conference proceedings published


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Thomas Geissmann

Gibbon Research Lab., Hannover

26 November 2001

In Spring 2000, Brookfield Zoo hosted a multi-national conference to help save the apes. An almost revolutionary aspect of that coference was the fact that the organisers not only acknowledged that gibbons exist and are apes, too, but went out of their way to make sure that some of the few existing gibbon specialists participated in the meeting. The proceedings of this conference have now been published in the form of a hefty volume of 376+ pages.

The apes: Challenges for the 21st century. Brookfield Zoo, May 10-13, 2000, Conference Proceedings, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, Illinois, U.S.A. viii + 376 pp. ISBN 0-913934-28-3.

The book contains no less than 90 papers and reports on various ape-related topics (not including the abstracts). Although the majority of the contributions are, as usual, dedicated to great apes, this publication contains no less than six full papers plus one workshop report on gibbons, covering various topics including ecology, husbandry, rehabilitation and conservation priorities. This alone makes it a mandatory purchase for every gibbonologist. In addition, David Chivers's keynote paper "The swinging singing apes: Fighting for food and family in far-east forests" is, in my opinion, the best introductory text on gibbon behavioural ecology published in the last ten years.

The proceedings from The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century are also available online through Brookfield Zoo's Website, where you can download every paper and abstract of the Proceedings Volume as a PDF file: > Conservation

The following gibbon papers are included in the conference proceedings:

Authors Title Pages
Chivers, D.J.: The swinging singing apes: Fighting for food and family in far-east forests. 1-28
Beck, R.: A mixed exhibit of orangutans and gibbons at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. 63-66
Bachmann, J. & Sodaro, C.: Birth management of a pair of white-cheeked gibbons at Brookfield Zoo. 96-98
Richards, B., Owen, L., Mullins-Cordier, S. & Sellin, R.: The lesser-known ape: Husbandry training with gibbons and siemangs. 107-111
Ware, D.: Gibbon rehabilitation and reintroduction: The problems along the road before use as a viable conservation tool. 259-261
Ahsan, M.F.: Socio-ecology of the hoolock gibbon (Hylobates hoolock) in two forests of Bangladesh. 286-299
Pruett-Jones, M., Sheeran, L.K. & Varsik, A. (compilers): Report on gibbon conservation workshop. 349-350
Geissmann, T.: A reassessment of the evolution and adaptive radiation of gibbons. 361
(Abstract only)
Mootnick, A.R.: Captive breeding strategies used for gibbons at the International Center for Gibbon Studies. 361
(Abstract only)
Supriatna, J.: Current status and conservation strategy for Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch). 361
(Abstract only)


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