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New Topics – Bachelor Bromance: A Novel Evaluation of Male Gorilla Social Bonding

Thursday, March 26, 2020,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT

Austin Leeds

Featuring Austin Leeds, Research Manager, Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment.

Western lowland gorillas are familiar — we see them in zoos across the country but we actually know very little about them in the wild. Particularly, we know almost nothing about how males form and maintain social bonds with other gorillas.

Social bonding is a vitally important aspect of their biology that shapes all aspects of their behavior. There is a major need to further study social bonding in male gorillas to better understand their natural history and their care in zoos. We used a novel approach to looking at bonding in male gorillas from zoos around the United States to better understand how they maintain social bonds with other gorillas. We look forward to sharing what we have learned about male gorillas and how we can use that to provide optimal welfare for gorillas in zoos and how this information improves our understanding of their natural history in the wild.

New Topics is a collaboration of the New College Foundation and New College of Florida. This dynamic community series features national speakers on relevant topics of our time.

All lectures are $15; and all will be held in the Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road.

For more information, please contact the New College Events Office at 941-487-4888. Reserve your seats here.


Thursday, March 26, 2020,
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Mildred Sainer Auditorium, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
5301 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL United States
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