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Thursday January 28, 2016

Endangered chimps in safe hands

Dr Jane Goodall DBE and Esta Wilson-Burke, who will head to Senegal for a month to work with chimpanzees.

A local woman will head to Africa for a month to work with primates. Wellington Zoo Pr imate Keeper Esta Wilson-Burke will work with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Senegal, to save endangered wild chimpanzees with support from the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund. Esta will be joining JGI’s research team in the Kedougou region, led by primatologist Liliana Pacheco, to collect behavioural and ecological data to help discover the different challenges and opportunities facing the endangered apes. Esta said working alongside wild chimpanzees had always been a dream of hers. “I’ve been inspired by Dr Jane

Learn to dance the Scottish way A local Scottish country dancing club is hoping to attract more members this year. The Island Bay Scottish Country Dance Club is one of a dozen clubs of its kind in the Wellington region. The club meets weekly for dancing and socialising at St Mark’s community hall at the Basin Reserve. Member and instructor, Neil Bromley, said people often think of Scottish Country Dancing as ‘highland dancing’. “That is [in fact] solo dancing, much more energetic and can be difficult to learn as an adult.

“Scottish country dancing is for groups and suitable for any age. It’s easy to get started, but challenging enough if you want to something to work at. The music is lively and just makes you want to move.” Neil said this year the club was hoping to entice more members. “At the weekly club nights we tend to all muck in together, whatever your level of experience or ability, so although you’re always a bit aware of being a ‘newbie’, it doesn’t matter. “The experienced dancers give lots of encouragement, so it’s very social and just good

Goodall DBE, who I was lucky enough to meet in 2014 when she visited Wellington Zoo. “JGI is carrying out crucial research work to ensure the survival of the remaining chimpanzee population in the region and towards great ape conservation as a whole. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity from the Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund to get involved in helping save chimpanzees in the wild.” Esta will work across three different sites dur ing her month-long trip. While based in Nandoumary, she will help identify how Chimpanzees use the forest and whether they use ecological corridors to come into contact with Chimpanzee communities in Guinea.

She will also work in Segou and Dindifelo, taking part in direct observations of Chimpanzee behaviours to help inform research and development of eco-tourism initiatives. “I love working with our amazing chimpanzee community at Wellington Zoo, which is the second largest group in Australasia. They are social, complex and fascinating to care for. “They are also one of our visitors’ favourite animals. I can’t wait to get back to Wellington and share what I learn about the chimps in Senegal with our great Zoo community,” she said.  You can follow Esta’s progress with the project at www. wellingtonzoo.com

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fun.” He said the club would also start its season next month with a course of four beginners lessons. Having sessions dedicated to learning new skills would help beginners advance their dancing, he said. Beginner sessions start on Wednesday February 3, at 7.30pm and run for four weeks. They take place at the St Marks community hall at the Basin Reserve. Club nights start on Wednesday March 2, from 7.30pm. Beginners are welcome throughout the year.

The New Zealander of the Year Awards Office has announced the three people being considered for 2016’s Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year award.  They are Rob Fenwick: Environmentalist and business leader, Richie McCaw: Former All Blacks rugby captain and Louise Nicholas: Victims’ rights advocate. The winner will be announced on February 17.

Social Clubs A Dutch Social club and a Lezher Dayz club hold weekly sessions at the Island Bay Community Centre. If you speak Dutch, and feel like a bit of Dutch style coffee, or if you are looking to meet some lovely people for a conversation, a spot of lunch and games, pop in and visit. Dutch Social group meets on Wednesdays from 10.30am to midday and Lezher Dayz meets on Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm.

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