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Great Ape Trust Tour

Join us in learning about our closest evolutionary cousins. The Iowa Primate Learning Center (formerly known as The Great Ape Trust) has opened for public tours during the month of February only.

We will learn about the interesting research they are doing to discover a little bit more about what makes us human. We might also get a chance to meet Kanzi, the famous bonobo. Bonobos are a highly endangered species of ape only found in the Congo and rarely on display to the public.

IMPORTANT: If you intend to come with us please do RSVP, but additionally you MUST also book a reservation on the IPLC website. The way their website is setup you will need to make an individual reservation for each person coming with you. As this is a public tour and space is limited, I expect it to fill up fast. Book your reservation right away to make sure you get a spot.

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Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary Welcomes the Community to Meet the Bonobos!

Visit IPLS for an introductory lecture on Bonobos in the Congo by Science Director, Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, meet the IPLS bonobo family, and enjoy a limited tour of the IPLS facility. A minimum donation of $20 for adults and $14 for children under twelve years of age is required for admittance.

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  • Brian

    See if you can spot yourself in the video.

    February 25, 2013

  • Cynthia B.

    February 24, 2013

  • Brian

    I'd probably be in. IPLS is on the far SE side of town though (about 30 mins from Mi Patria and Cool Basil), so it might make sense to pick something closer. Maybe there's something agreeable on the south side.

    February 22, 2013

    • Dave

      I haven't been there since going Paleo. A Dong is quite good.

      February 23, 2013

    • Dave

      Dos Rios for Mexican.

      February 23, 2013

  • Dave

    Is anyone interested in meeting for lunch before the tour? How about 12:00 at Cool Basil?

    February 22, 2013

  • Brian

    If you are looking forward to the trip this weekend as much as I am you'll want to check out this 25 min video preview of some of the research they've done with Kanzi, taken from a 1995 documentary called Bonobo People:

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Brian

    There's also a book about Kanzi the famous bonobo and what they've learned about language learning and cognition from him.

    February 5, 2013

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