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'Primate Palooza' at Duke University

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While we're on the subject of bonobos, it's worth mentioning that readers in Durham, NC are in for a treat from April 14-17 as the Blue Devils host 'Primate Palooza'--an initiative to raise awareness for primates. Internationally renowned conservationist Claudine André will be speaking at the university.

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From the press release:

André founded and runs the world’s only sanctuary and release program for orphaned bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bonobos, like chimpanzees, are our closest living relative and are highly endangered. However, unlike chimpanzees and humans, bonobos are the only ape that has found a way to maintain peace in their groups.--"Having Claudine here at Duke is a wonderful opportunity to share with students and the general public the difference a single individual can make," says Duke researcher Brian Hare. "Claudine has done more for bonobo conservation than anyone else in the world. If you want to meet a conservation heroine this is your chance."

These events are open to the public:

Primate Symposium: Why you need to know you are a primate 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 14

Duke faculty studying primates will discuss how knowing you’re a primate can improve your life. Keynote speaker Claudine André will speak about her work saving bonobos and defending the world’s last great tropical forest in the Congo Basin. A silent auction including Duke Men’s basketball, Duke Lemur Center, and Bonobo memorabilia will be held to benefit “Friends of Bonobos.”Love Auditorium Levine Research Science Center 308 Research Drive Duke University Durham, NC, 27708 Public Parking available in Bryan Center on Science Drive a short walk from Center Contact: Kara Schroepfer, k.schroepfer@duke.edu, 919-943-3482

A night with Claudine André and the bonobos of Congo 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 15 Durham Museum of Life and Science 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704 Contact: Darcy Lewandowski, Darcy.Lewandowski@ncmls.org, (919) 220 -5429 x372

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