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Dr. Benjamin B. Beck

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Phone: (515) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
1533 Linden Street Ste 200
Des Moines , Iowa 50309
United States

Company Description: EarthparkÔ will provide an unparalled opportunity for experiencing and learning about the intricacies and wonders of nature. Earthpark will inspire generations to...   more

Employment History

  • Conservation Director
  • Director of Conservation
    Great Ape Trust of Iowa
  • Associate Director for Biological Programs
    the Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Associate Director and Curator
    the Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Associate Director for Animal Programs
    the Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Director of the Area Conservation Program
  • U.S. Director of the Area Conservation Program
  • Coordinator of the Area Conservation Program

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Key Education Advisor, Conservation Programming


  • PhD
    University of Chicago
  • MA
    Boston University
  • Ph.D. Director of Conservation Great Ape Trust/Earthpark
200 Total References
Web References
Earthpark - USA | Earthpark Development Team, 2 Aug 2015 [cached]
Ben Beck
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.
Great Ape Trust | Gishwati Forest to Become Rwanda National Park, Great Ape Trust Concludes Successful Initiative, 12 Dec 2011 [cached]
Great Ape Trust and Earthpark Founder, Ted Townsend tours Gishwati Forest in late 2007 with Rwandan officials and Dr. Benjamin Beck, the Trust's conservation director.
GACP's Dr. Ben Beck said, "you can't save chimpanzees without helping people and you can't help people without saving chimpanzees." Here, GACP's first meeting with Gishwati area villagers.
"To a conservationist, nothing can be more satisfying than the restoration of a damaged ecosystem and its designation as a national park that will secure its biodiversity in perpetuity," said Dr. Benjamin Beck, conservation director of Great Ape Trust, which directs and supports GACP.
Beck, Clay and Trust director of communications Al Setka will continue to provide advice.
It's bigger, richer and better understood than it was just four years ago," Beck said.
Great Ape Trust | About Forest of Hope, Gishwati, chimpanzee cam, videos, photos, Rwanda, reforestation, forest corridor, maps, team, 10 June 2012 [cached]
The Gishwati Area Conservation Program is directed by internationally recognized scientist Dr. Benjamin Beck and is supported and managed by nearly two-dozen dedicated women and men in Rwanda and the United States.
Dr. Benjamin Beck
Dr. Benjamin Beck
Benjamin B. Beck is a comparative psychologist specializing in animal cognition and biodiversity conservation.
Campus Blog, Great Ape Trust, Des Moines, Iowa, 21 Feb 2010 [cached]
Ben Beck (12)
Press Releases, 17 June 2001 [cached]
"That department (CRES) is recognized by our peers as one of the top three in North America (Zoo Biology, 1998, 17:167-180), which surely must be credited in no small part to Kurt's vision and leadership," wrote Benjamin B. Beck, associate director for biological programs with the Smithsonian's National Zoo." He also understood the importance of extending our science beyond our own fences to zoos in other countries and to wild populations.This is exactly the strategy our industry is now following to become really credible agents of conservation."
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