What: trivia afternoon where you can test your knowledge on Dr Jane Goodall, great apes and sustainability issues. You will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr Varsha Pilbrow, researcher and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, on chimpanzee behaviours and structural features that help us better understand the evolutionary process of humans.
When: 4:00 -6:00 pm, Saturday 13th July
Where: Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda 3182.
Cost: $15pp- book as an individual or as a table of 5 ($75)
Prizes: the winning table will be awarded a personalised tour of the Pilbrow Laboratory by Dr Varsha Pilbrow, where you will view 3D-printed skeletal features of great apes and archaeological artefacts. Also included, will be a trip to Melbourne Zoo (complimentary entry) where you will have the chance to observe primate behaviour in real-time with Dr Varsha.
Any questions? Email Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org
About Dr Varsha Pilbrow: Dr Varsha Pilbrow is a researcher and lecturer at the Anatomy and Neuroscience Department of the University of Melbourne. Inspired by the pioneering chimpanzee behaviour research of Dr Jane Goodall, she completed her PhD in Biological Anthropology from New York University (USA). Today, she runs the Pilbrow Laboratory and uses cutting edge 3D printing technology to study the processes that govern the diversification of populations into subspecies and species. She also travels to museums around the world, conducts palaeoanthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
About the speech: How humans evolved is a question that fascinates lay people and scientists alike. The question is often seeped in controversy, in large part because fossil remains for humans are rare and consist primarily of craniodental elements that fossilize well. A major question then is: how much reliance can be placed on observations from such scant evidence for reconstructing the evolutionary relationships among our fossil ancestors? Join us for a riveting (layperson-friendly) talk by Dr Varsha Pilbrow of University of Melbourne on humans’ closest evolutionary neighbour, the chimpanzee. She will cover some interesting lesser known facts about chimp behaviours and structural features to help us better understand the evolutionary process of humans.
About the prize: The winning team will get a personalised tour of the Pilbrow Laboratory by Dr Varsha Pilbrow. She will show the winners 3D printed great apes’ skeletal features, archaeological artefacts, and share further insights into her research on evolution of species. To top it off, after the lab visit, the winners will then pop by to the Melbourne Zoo for a real-time observational tour of great ape behaviours given by Dr Varsha herself.
Contact for the day: Sarah Triolo 0414 328 119.
Through the groundbreaking research of Dr. Jane Goodall and the scientists who followed her, we now know so much more about the many behaviors we share with our great ape cousins, including tool making and use, communication, and altruism, among so many others. The more we learn, the more important it is that we celebrate our connection and responsibility to protect these complex and intelligent beings.
Chimpanzees are highly endangered. 100 years ago, there were an estimated 1-2 million chimpanzees across 25 countries in Africa. Today, there are as few as 350,000 wild chimpanzees across the continent of Africa. We must each do our part to turn those numbers around, by ending habitat loss, illegal pet and bush meat trades, and all of the other threats facing our closest living relatives.
Chimpanzees are kept in captivity in a variety of settings including biomedical research, the entertainment industry, as illegal “pets” or in roadside “zoos”. In these environments, they are deprived of essential physical, emotional and especially social needs. This observance aims to educate the public and promote legislation to end these conditions, increasing the welfare and rights of all captive chimps.