PSGB is turning 50 next year. To celebrate we’re organising a primate-extravaganza which includes a keynote address by Dr Jane Goodall. Please save the date!
PSGB 50th anniversary meeting
28th & 29th November 2017
Royal Geographical Society, London
We would also like you to get involved in choosing the logo for our 50th anniversary. Stephen Nash has created some original designs, and we would like to hear which one you like best. The original Stephen Nash artworks will be up for auction at the meeting. Poll is now closed.
Camille Troisi won the Charles A. Lockwood Medal at the 2016 Spring Meeting in York for her talk on 'Food offering calls and their implications for teaching behaviour in wild golden lion tamarins'. Marie-Claire Pagano won the the prize for best poster presentation for her poster on 'How does male-infant handling affect the mother in Barbary macaques?'. Congratulations Camille and Marie-Claire!
Tweet of the Night
2016 is the Chinese year of the Monkey. To mark the occasion we are delving into the vocalisations library of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG) to bring you a daily ‘Tweet of the Night’. Look out for #TweetoftheNight on Twitter or Facebook from Monday 8 February (Chinese New Year) for your daily dose of nocturnal primates!
About the Nocturnal Primate Research Group
NPRG brings together all those biologists who specialise on the nocturnal primates of Africa and Asia. Members of the group have been recording the sounds of the night since 1971 and have built up a library of more than 300 hours of recordings, many of which are now available on-line. They record all calls of all species we hear at night, including bushbabies, hyraxes, civets, owls, bats, frogs and insects. Some species make up to 25 structurally distinct calls which we have recorded from many locations across 22 countries in Africa as well as parts of Asia. In most cases, one or two of the loudest calls made by both males and females are used to attract companions and repel rivals (advertising calls). These calls provide a very strong guide to species identity and have been used to describe previously unrecognised species. The calls used in the Tweet of the Night were recorded by Lesley Ambrose, Simon Bearder, Tom Butynski, Paul Honess, Johan Karlsson, Andrew Perkin and Yvonne de Jong.
Sally Street won the 2015 Napier Medal for her PhD thesis titled 'Phylogenetic comparative investigations of sexual selection and cognitive evolution in primates’. Congratulations Sally, and many thanks for the excellent presentation given at the 2015 Winter Meeting.
PSGB Council member and CEO of Twycross zoo Dr Sharon Redrobe has won the prestigious Revitalise Business Woman of the Year Award. Sharon received the award in recognition of her outstanding leadership of Twycross Zoo. Under Sharon’s leadership Twycross Zoo is undergoing a major transformation, with changes such as an expansion to the orang-utans enclosure, and a new moated island complex for the largest group of chimpanzees Twycross Zoo has had in its history. Sharon is internationally renowed as a wildlife vet and conservationist, an Associate Professor at Nottingham University Veterinary School, and a Trustee of Ape Action Africa.
Thanks to the efforts of the Marketing Working Party and to everybody who bought our merchandise at our meetings, we have been able to donate £850 to this year's (2014-2015) Conservation Cause, the SW/Niger Delta Forest Project in Nigeria. The chief aim of this project is to protect habitat and, thereby, the red colobus and chimpanzees in the area.
It is with great pleasure and pride that we report that the primatologist Professor Helen Chatterjee (University College London) was awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list – for Services to Higher Education and Culture. Prof. Chatterjee’s honour was awarded in recognition of her contribution to science education. During her tenure as Curator of the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL, her research interest turned to the relationship between health and museums, and she eventually went on to form the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing, funded by the Arts Council England. As the Head of Research and Teaching in the Public and Cultural Engagement department at UCL, she has been a pioneer in arts-in-health research and teaching/public engagement innovation. Congratulations Helen!
Jamie Whitehouse won the Charles A. Lockwood Medal at the 2015 Spring Meeting held at the University of Roehampton for his talk on 'Barbary macaques' responses to conspecifics’ self-directed behaviours'. Siobhan Webster won the prize for best poster presentation for her poster on 'Recent trends in perception of threatened slow lorises (Nycticebus spp.) on Web 2.0 site YouTube and implications for social media reporting policies'. Congratulations to both!
It is with sadness that we announce the death of Charles Routledge Coid. Charles, who was a member of the original (Founding) Council of PSGB, died on 26th April 2015, aged 89. To those of us who worked with him, Charles was a wise and generous advisor. He was unstinting in his demand that animals kept for research had to be properly treated. In addition, however, he always encouraged his younger colleagues to develop broad interests in comparative medicine and to collaborate closely with scientists from different disciplines. A gently-spoken lowland Scot, Charles Coid was a kind and compassionate man who cared for the welfare of both humans and animals. He had a genuine interest in primates and their biology and applied this to their management and use in research. His influence lives on in the leading role that is played, both nationally and internationally, by so many of his former colleagues - veterinarians, scientists and animal technicians – in biomedical research, in zoological and comparative medicine, and particularly in the promotion of high standards of animal care and welfare.
Sian Waters from Barbary Macaque Awareness & Conservation was awarded the first Cyril Rosen award for her project which raises awareness about Barbary macaque conservation in Morocco. You can find out ways to support this important project on the BMAC website.