WildChina + Roots & Shoots Present:
Primate Conservation in China (Event #63)
At WildChina, we believe spreading awareness is a great way to contribute to conservation efforts, both in China and around the world. So, we’re teaming up with Dr. Jane Goodall and her NGO, Roots & Shoots, to bring you a live panelist discussion on the ongoing primate conservation efforts in China.
We’ll also be hearing from two of China’s leading primate experts, Dr. Craig Kirkpatrick and Long Yongcheng, on their first-hand experience in early and present-day primate conservation.
If you’d like to learn more about Roots & Shoots,
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Dr. Jane Goodall
DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messengers of Peace, Founder of the Roots & Shoots
In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania, Africa and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Dr. Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees and other animals from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment through the Jane Goodall Institute. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and other species along with environmental issues, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and the planet we share.
Dr. Craig Kirkpatrick
USAID Regional Wildlife Conservation Advisor for Asia
Dr. Craig Kirkpatrick has an extensive career in wildlife conservation, which includes work with The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, and now the U.S. Agency for International Development. He spent 10 years in the Himalayas of Southwestern China studying the feeding ecology of snub-nosed monkeys, and is a leading voice in biodiversity conservation and combating wildlife crime. He holds a PhD from the University of California and a postdoc with the National Science Foundation, and is currently based in Bangkok.
Long Yongcheng (龙勇诚)
Chief Scientist of Alashan SEE Southwest Center and Honorary Chairman Chinese Primate Society
On June 4, 1992, Long Yongcheng took the world’s first wild photo of a Yunnan Golden Monkey. In order to take this history-making photo, Long Yongcheng spent several years tracking the monkeys over thousands of kilometers of snowy plateaus and deep mountain forests. Long Yongcheng’s has devoted his life and career to finding, researching and protecting one China’s most unique wild animals, the Yunnan Golden Monkey. In this pursuit he has traversed more than 10,000 square kilometers of snow-capped plateaus and virgin forests in the “Three Parallel Rivers” area, and helped to draw the distribution map of Yunnan’s Golden Monkey populations. His past also includes a position as an associate professor at the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- Mei ZhangFounder and CEO of WildChina
Mei Zhang is the founder and CEO of WildChina. Under her leadership, WildChina flourished from a small Hutong operation into an award-winning business. Mei’s own expertise has led her to win a number of personal awards, including Travel and Leisure’s A-List of Top Travel Advisors, Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist, and Wendy Perrin’s #WOW List of Travel Experts. Mei is an Aspen Institute China Fellow and currently serves as a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board.