On February 22, 2014, the DuMond Conservancy hosted the “African Ape Awareness” community festival. This environmental festival featured Dr. Andrew Halloran and Allison Argo as keynote speakers. Allison Argo is a six-time Emmy documentary filmmaker and Dr. Andrew Halloran is a Lynn University Chimpanzee conservationist.
Other presentations included performances by students from Mays Conservatory of the Arts, and Delou African Dance Ensemble Inc.
The youth at the DuMond Conservancy also put on an African Fashion show by Zabba Designs as well as a drama performance entitled ‘Welcome to the Congo’ by Kaithleen Canoepan.
Vendors like Imperial Roasts brought sever Gourmet Coffees, Teas, Rum Cakes, and Biscottis, which contributed to the theme of the African Ape Awareness Festival. We also had vendors such as the Ceramic League of Miami who brought African art pieces, and the African Violet Society who held a workshop for participants to learn how to care for their plants
On February 23, 2013, the DuMond Conservancy hosted a community festival entitled “Eyes on the Earth.” This environmental festival featured Dr. Kate Detwiler as its keynote speaker. Dr. Kate Detwiler was part of the team that discovered the elusive Lesula monkey in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Other presentations included performances by students from Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Momentum Dance Company, Mano Santa and environmental folk singer Grant Livingston.
The youth of the DuMond Conservancy also put on a play depicting the importance of Citizen Science, as well as an Eco Fashion show, featuring designs utilizing both recycled and botanical materials.
The DuMond Conservancy also invited other local Citizen Science projects to participate in this festival, such as Frog Watch USA from Zoo Miami and Connect to Protect from Fairchild Tropical and Botanical Gardens.
The DuMond Conservancy hosted a festival on Saturday, February 4, 2012 to celebrate the Amazon.This youth led event included Amazonian inspired food and beverages for guests. Participants were also entertained by exhilarating performances by students of TERRA Environmental Research Institute, a Colombian music group and Brazilian samba dancers.
Today rainforests of the Amazon and the wildlife they support are under serious threat. In an effort to educate the public about such occurrences and the consequences associated with them, conservationist Dr. Angela Maldonado of Entropika in Colombia delivered the keynote address.
The crowd was also graced by National Geographic explorer Dr. Mireya Mayor who reminisced on her first expedition to study monkeys in the Amazon.
Scientific displays included podcasts by students at TERRA and dramatic photographs of Amazonian biodiversity and fruit, while other family activities included satellite making and face painting.
The Amazonian Festival for 2012 was a great success and was made possible with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State Farm and the Batchelor Foundation.
The DuMond Conservancy looks forward to seeing you next year!
On May 23, 2009 elementary school students and their parents enjoyed a fun-filled day (exploring scientific activities featuring the highly endangered golden lion tamarin from Brazil. Monkey Jungle was one of the first zoos to breed these stunningly beautiful monkeys. The volunteers at the DuMond Conservancy, under the guidance of Bianca Bonilla presented educational displays, a scavenger hunt, story telling and a short play all designed for parents and students to learn more about these tamarins. The Miami Capoeira project gave a lively performance of Brazilian martial arts that was much enjoyed by humans and Monkey Jungle monkeys alike. This event was sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
On October 23, 2011, O-Cinema hosted a special screening of “Jane’s Journey,” a documentary that follows the life and career of Primatologist and Conservationist Jane Goodall. This special screening also included a meet and greet and Q&A session with Drs. Sian Evans and Mireya Mayor. Many of the DuMond Conservancy family were in attendance.
On October 24, 2009 over 100 DuMond Conservancy supporters enjoyed an event to benefit our nocturnal night (owl) monkeys.
Dr Sian Evans welcomed the guests and described how primates have intrinsic style. They are naturally adorned with silky, golden coats, iridescent rumps, sunshine yellow gloves and socks, snowy white head dresses and the cutest ear muffs imaginable. Their beauty is undeniable. Humans are naked apes but we were fortunate to have Banana Republic to bestow us with perfect style. Models from Triton Modeling Agency showed off the Banana Republic’s Holiday Collection to the perfect music selection of DJ Craig Peter. Guests enjoyed hors d’oevres by Exceptional Catering and sipped delicious tropical wines courtesy of Schnebly Winery. Guests also enjoyed unique personal encounters with monkeys in Monkey Jungle’s lush Rain Forest exhibit.
The event was underwritten by South Beach Construction, Inc.
On February 27, 2009 the DuMond Conservancy held a Malagasy Festival at Monkey Jungle to raise awareness about the fragile biodiversity on the island of Madagascar.
The program included four performance/presentations: Reading from bilingual children’s book (The Aye-Aye), Cooking with Vanilla, a talk by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Mireya Meyer on discovering new lemurs, and Drumming with Ndakhte (rhythms, dancers, songs, and stories from Africa). Also on display were Malagasy plants, reptiles, art, and photographs and books and posters were on display featuring Malagasy flora and fauna and culture.
This event was sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Council of Miami-Dade County and the First National Bank of South Florida. We also thank the Dade Community Foundation and the Lemur Conservation Foundation.