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Guide for International Participants

SAGA17 (The 17th Symposium of the Support for African/Asian Great Apes)

Venue & Date

Hitachi Civic Center on November 15-16

Kamine Zoo on afternoon of November 16


Participation fee is NOT necessary for everyone.

Registration is NOT required.


Special Lecture by Dr. Tara Stoinski

The Cooperative Management of Gorillas in North American and Europe

Tara Stoinski, PhD.

Chair, AZA Ape Taxon Advisory Group

Advisor, AZA Species Survival Plan

President and CEO, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Senior Research Associate, Zoo Atlanta

This talk will present an overview of the current North American and European populations of zoo gorillas with a primary focus on the North American population. I will discuss how the management of gorillas within the Gorilla Species Survival Plan has focused on promoting high levels of cooperation between the 50 institutions housing gorillas to successfully deal with the challenges of maintaining an equal sex ratio in a harem species. In particular, the SSP is focused on forming breeding groups of one male and three females and bachelor groups of two to four males; delaying male group leadership until late teens; delaying first female reproduction until ~10 years of age; and minimizing hand rearing through an active birth management program that begins when an institution receives a recommendation to breed. I will also highlight other initiatives within the Gorilla SSP, including assessing and treating heart disease, training and enrichment, and supporting in situ conservation and research.

Photo: Dr. Tara Stoinski (center), Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa (left) and Dr. Tetsuro Matsuzawa (right)


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