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Dr. Benjamin B. Beck

Director of Conservation

Great Ape Trust of Iowa

HQ Phone: (515) 243-3580

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Great Ape Trust of Iowa

4200 S.E. 44Th Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50320

United States

Company Description

Great Ape Trust of Iowa is a scientific research facility in southeast Des Moines dedicated to understanding the origins and future of culture, language, tools and intelligence. When completed, Great Ape Trust will be the largest great ape facility in Nor ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Board Member

GLT

Director

GACP

Founder

Earthpark

Director of Conservation

Bonobo Hope Sanctuary

Affiliations

Key Education Advisor
Earthpark

Position, Executive Committee
Primate Specialist Group

Advisor
Aquarium

Education

MA

Boston University

PhD

University of Chicago

Web References (200 Total References)


Bushmeat Project; AZA Meeting Consensus

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


Consensus Statement | Bushmeat Crisis Task Force

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


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.


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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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.
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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