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There are many threatened, endangered, and even extinct species around the world and at the Museum.  Visit special hands-on learning stations, get a closeup view of an extinct species, and meet experts in the field. We will also be reading Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins for story time, with a tiger headband craft in the Nature Nook.  Learn about some of the issues threatening local and global species, and more importantly, what YOU can do to help!

Special presentation at 11 a.m.: Chimpanzee conservation in Gishwati forest, Rwanda

Rebecca Chancellor, Departments of Anthropology & Sociology and Psychology, West Chester University
Aaron Rundus, Department of Psychology, West Chester University

Chancellor and Rundus have studied a population of chimpanzees in Gishwati forest, Rwanda since 2008. Once the second largest forest in Rwanda, Gishwati has been reduced from 280 km2 to 14 km2 due to anthropogenic activities beginning in the 1970’s. We are seeking to understand how forest fragmentation affects the behavioral ecology of chimpanzees including their social and communicative behavior, their ranging and foraging behavior and the evolution of cultural knowledge. In addition, our research program examines the effects of chimpanzee crop raiding and anthropogenic activities (e.g., ecotourism) on the health and welfare of the chimpanzee population. Since joining West Chester University in 2011, they have conducted annual summer study abroad trips to Rwanda, in which undergraduate and graduate students are able to observe primates in their natural environment. Currently, they are working with the West Chester University Foundation to raise funds to construct a laboratory at our new research station adjacent to Gishwati forest. The Shinehouse Gishwati Research Station includes a 24-student dormitory as well as long-term research accommodations for students and faculty from both domestic and international institutions.

 

Special presentation at noon:  I care for nature by… a look at elephants, turtles, and environmental identity!

Christina M. Wesolek, Preceptor, Physical Science, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL), University of Delaware

Learn about conservation work with elephants and turtles, and how the local community has an impact. Have the opportunity to learn about your environmental identity and how you can care about nature in your own backyard, community, and beyond.

 

FREE for DMNH Members or with paid admission to the Museum.