Two UQ CEED graduates are off to work conserving the great apes of Africa and Asia. Emily Massingham and Dylan Jones recently headed over to Nairobi to commence a six-month internship with the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP). GRASP is a UN Environment Programme initiative committed to ensuring the long-term survival of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans and their habitats in Africa and Asia.
CEED’s Director Kerrie Wilson said GRASP’s approaches to conservation were similar to CEED’s, and grounded in collaborative science with an objective of understanding the broader context in which these issues persisted.
“We’re excited that two graduates with experience in CEED’s approach to conservation, are going on to work with the only species program within the UN family,” says Wilson. “While they will be focusing on great ape conservation, they will be part of the larger wildlife unit and will be involved in the complex discussion on issues affecting the habitat and survival of endangered species, from habitat loss to illegal trade.”
For more info on GRASP, visit http://www.un-grasp.org/