Press Release: 01/17/2013

Oakland Zoo Hosts Special Talk with Miles Woodruff, Congo Mandrill Project Manager with the Jane Goodall Institute

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA January 17, 2013

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 6:30pm, Oakland Zoo's Conservation Speaker Series will welcome Miles Woodruff, Congo Mandrill Project Manager with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) for a talk titled, Releasing the Mandrills: The Road Home. The talk will be held in the Zoo's Marian Zimmer Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend and tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission prices range from $10 - $20. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Mandrill project.

Mr. Woodruff will share stories about his adventures from the field, what it's really like to help release these massive monkeys back into the wild, and how the public can get involved to help save these incredible creatures. Mandrills are rare primates found in only four African countries. They are the largest of the old world monkeys and according to Darwin are the most brightly colored of all primates.

Since 2008, the Jane Goodall Institute team has been working in the Republic of Congo to rehabilitate nearly twenty of these highly threatened and heavily hunted primates. Many animals that are saved come about from poacher confiscations and participants in the illegal pet trade.

"Mandrills are a rare and endangered primate due to pressure from illegal bush meat trade. Once confiscated, these animals need to be carefully rehabilitated and released. The Oakland Zoo thanks JGI for taking on this vital role and is pleased to host this event where proceeds will benefit these efforts," said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director.

For additional information about this talk, please contact Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director, at amy@oaklandzoo.org. Oakland Zoo's 2013 Conservation Speaker Series is sponsored by Bishop O-Dowd High School and the Port of Oakland.

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The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.


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