David Attenborough

Help save the apes

An evening with David Attenborough


Discovered in 1929, bonobos are found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are a critically endangered species in the wild and in captivity. Also known as pigmy chimps, they are in fact no smaller than the chimpanzee.

Radio Times and BBC Wildlife magazine have teamed up with the Ape Alliance for a fundraising evening dedicated to saving the endangered great apes.
David Attenborough will be hosting the event at Westminster Central Hall in London on 27 September to highlight the plight of the bonobo, gorilla, chimpanzee and orang-utan. Five guest speakers, each an expert in his or her field, will give a short presentation followed by a question and answer session, to be chaired by David Attenborough. Speakers include Prof Birute Galdikas on her life's work with orang-utans and Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek, zoologist and presenter ofthe new BBC 1 series Cousins . Other experts on the platform are Dr Jane Goodall, who will discuss her 40 years' work with chimpanzees, Dr Jo Thompson on bonobos and Ian Redmond on gorillas.

The event launches a major campaign to save the great apes - 2001:An Ape Odyssey, so-called because the apes' evolutionary journey will soon end unless we act now.

The September issue of BBC Wildlife magazine (on sale 23 August) is dedicated to primates and includes a feature by Dr Uhlenbroek on primate conservation and a travel feature on gorilla watching. To apply for tickets, priced £15 each, fill in the coupon (below) and send with a cheque, payable to Ape Alliance, to:

RT Ape Event, Bright Blue, Knightsbridge House, 229 Acton Lane, London, W4 5DD by 15 September.

Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Unsuccessful applications will be returned. All profits go to the Ape Alliance.

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS There are fewer than 650 left in the world. They are threatened by poaching, deforestation, human disease and war. They do not survive in captivity.
ORANG-UTANS Found only in Borneo and Sumatra, these apes could be extinct within ten years if their habitat continues to disappear at the current rate.
CHIMPANZEES Their survival is threatened both by the destruction of their habitat and the increased commercialisation of the trade in bushmeat.





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