Join the DuMond Conservancy on Saturday, February 22, 2014, as we celebrate the biodiversity of Africa , as well as, raise awareness towards these Great Apes in the unique lush outdoor environment at Monkey Jungle. The keynote presentation of this festival will be given by six time Emmy winning documentary film maker Allison Argo, who will chronicle her experiences with Great Apes over the course of her career.
The African Ape Awareness Festival will be led and coordinated by the DuMond Conservancy’s own youth program. This event will feature exciting performances by Delou African Dance Ensemble, Inc. and an engaging presentation by Lynn University’s Dr. Andrew Halloran about his conservation work with chimpanzees in Sierra Leone, a drama written by New World School of the Arts student, Kaithleen Conoepan, and an African Fashion Show featuring Zabba Designs. Family activities will include African-style crafts, games based on ape tool use, ongoing workshops tailored to growing African Violets, and much more.
Pre-sale tickets to the festival are $15 for adults, $10 for children (5-18 years) and students, and free for children under 5 years of age, Family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) are $30. Admission to the festival also includes admission into Monkey Jungle. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now!
The DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located on the grounds of Monkey Jungle, a wildlife park in Southeast Florida. The DuMond Conservancy serves as a scientific and educational resource for professionals and students concerned about the welfare of our closest living relatives and their tropical forest habitats.
In addition to providing access for behavioral studies of the primate collection at Monkey Jungle, the DuMond Conservancy provides a home for a unique group of owl monkeys that have been retired from research laboratories. The warm climate allows us to keep our primates outdoors year round, either free ranging in lush, multi-acre forested habitats or in large enclosures planted with natural vegetation and situated in secluded woods.
The mission of the DuMond Conservancy is to engage scientists, students, and the public in the understanding and stewardship of nonhuman primates and their tropical forest habitats . We provide opportunities for scientists and for students of varying ages and abilities to participate in creative science and educational programs and to experience unique encounters with nonhuman primates.