Great Apes, Ebola and Vaccinations: Webcast Episode 06

25th Mar 2016 Announcement, Events, Featured

Event Name: GRASP Webcast 06 – The Experts Speak : Great Apes, Ebola and Vaccinations

Event Date: 31/03/2016


Event Time: 01:00 – 02:00 PM  GMT/UTC

Events Goal & GRASP’s Mission:

The GRASP Webcast goal is to extend the partnership’s media outreach through the use of new technologies. GRASP wants to engage a wider audience by giving it a chance to interact with various ape experts around the world. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions, seek advice and learn from experts regardless where they are located. This will be achieved by using google hangouts, YouTube and other social media platforms.

Moderator: Doug Cress

Guests: Gladys Kalema, Ken Cameron, Tony Mudakikwa, Peter Walsh and Chris Whittier

Past outbreaks of the Ebola virus have devastated chimpanzee and gorilla populations in Africa, and future zoonotic crises could further threaten the survival of these already endangered species. Ebola has a 95 percent mortality rate among gorillas — compared with roughly 50 percent for humans — according to the World Health Organization. Do newly developed vaccines offers hope for great apes, or are there better alternatives such as banning the consumption of bushmeat?

On the next “GRASP Webcast: The Experts Speak,” leading zoonotic disease researchers will discuss how to best protect gorillas and chimpanzees against future outbreaks.

Join GRASP and invited guests on 31 March as they discuss the controversial topic of Ebola vaccinations for great apes.