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Dr. Benjamin B. Beck

Director of Conservation

Smithsonian Institution

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Smithsonian Institution

1000 JEFFERSON DR SW

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20560

United States

Company Description

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Z ... more

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Employment History

Director of Conservation

Bonobo Hope Sanctuary

Director

GACP

Affiliations

Key Education Advisor
Earthpark

Board Member
GLT

Founder
Earthpark

Position, Executive Committee
Primate Specialist Group

Advisor
Aquarium

Education

MA

Boston University

PhD

University of Chicago

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Earthpark - USA | Earthpark Development Team

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Ben Beck

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Dr. Ben Beck Conservation Programming A noted scientist and widely published author, Ben is Director of Conservation for Great Ape Trust of Iowa. He also directs the Gishwati Area Conservation Program, which is creating the first national conservation park in Rwanda. A comparative psychologist by training, Ben was a research curator at Chicago's Brookfield zoo for more than a decade and later associate director and curator of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. for another 20 years. During that latter period he served on the negotiating committee that brought giant pandas to the zoo from China. Ben also coordinated the successful reintroduction of golden lion tamarins into the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil.


Bushmeat Project; AZA Meeting Consensus

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Benjamin Beck, Ph.D., Associate Director, National Zoological Park; Co-chair, AZA Ape Advisory Group


Board of Directors - Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

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Exclusive Interview with Novelist Ben Beck! Friends and Partners

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Benjamin B. Beck Assistant Treasurer and Founding Director Ben is currently consulting, teaching and writing, having served as Director of Conservation of the Great Ape Trust and coordinator of the Gishwati Area Conservation Program in Rwanda until the end of 2011. more>


Exclusive Interview with Novelist Ben ...

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Benjamin B. Beck Assistant Treasurer and Founding Director
Ben is currently consulting, teaching and writing, having served as Director of Conservation of the Great Ape Trust and coordinator of the Gishwati Area Conservation Program in Rwanda until the end of 2011.
Beck studied at Union College (NY), received his MA from Boston University, and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He is a comparative psychologist specializing in animal cognition. Research on problem-solving and tool use by primates and birds led to a book, Animal Tool Behavior, published in 1980 (a second edition will be published in 2011). Turning his interest in cognition to management and psychological welfare of zoo animals, he co-authored a 1988 survey of zoo gorillas demonstrating the importance of mother-rearing and early social experience for adult sexual and maternal skills.
He is senior editor of Great Apes and Humans; The Ethics of Coexistence, published in 2001, and co-author of Primates in Question, published in 2003. Work on cognitive aspects of husbandry led to study of adaptation to the wild by reintroduced captive-born animals. ??He was Research Curator and Curator of Primates at Brookfield Zoo from 1970 to 1982. He served at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park as General Curator and Associate Director from 1983 until his retirement in 2003. Beck is currently Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science, Drake University; and Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University.
Beck is an author of 50 scientific papers and books, and has given over 100 presentations at scientific conferences, colleges and universities. He is a member of the Primate Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and of the Group's Section on Great Apes. He is senior author of the IUCN's Best Practice Guidelines for the Re-introduction of Great Apes. Beck coordinated the preparation, reintroduction and post-release monitoring of 159 golden lion tamarins in Brazil from 1983 to 2005. The reintroduced population, 97% of which were born in the wild, has now grown to about one third of the entire wild population. Beck is a founding member of the Associação Mico-Leão Dourado in Brazil. He is a founding Director of Save the Golden Lion Tamarin.


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Thirteen Gold Monkeys, by Benjamin Beck, scientist emeritus in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and SGLT board member, is a novel based on the first years of the reintroduction of zoo-born golden lion tamarins to Brazil. It's a story of hope, love, and unspeakable death in a disappearing Brazilian rainforest.
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Beck describes the reintroduction of the first 13 tamarins, capturing their fierce determination to survive, their loves and conflicts, their nurturant families, adorable babies, hidden language, sometimes comical attempts to solve the problems of adapting, and the agonizing deaths of those who don't make it. He describes the power and beauty of the rainforest, and the loves, loyalties, conflicts, and sometimes hilarious bumbling by their human caretakers. Challenging their better-known bosses, two women, a zookeeper and a Brazilian field assistant, discover the right way to reintroduce the monkeys. But a well-known Rio citizen almost destroys the program in a callous act of vanity. The story is vivid and authentic; Beck was there and has studied animal thinking and monkey and ape conservation for more than 40 years.

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