Orangutan Conference-TX

As many of you know, I am a huge great ape lover, and hope to one day turn my passion into a career. For my senior year at the University of South Florida, I was accepted into the Anthropology Honors Program, which required a thesis component. My thesis research was conducted at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, where I was an intern in the Primate Department. The abstract reads:

"Research was conducted to assess the public’s awareness about orangutans and their endangerment and to educate them about the facts they may be lacking. Participant and systematic observations and short surveys were used to answer an integral question: do the connections made by the public with orangutans in a zoo setting lead to caring more about the species in the wild? The applied efforts of this project were to promote public awareness about orangutans as an endangered species, particularly due to palm oil production, and to inform the public so that they might become more environmentally-friendly consumers."

After over a year’s worth of work and research and over 50 pages of writing later, I finished my thesis, titled Orangutan Conservation: A Call for Public Awareness, this May.

I recently have been given an amazing opportunity to present a poster version of my thesis at the 2014 Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop & Conservation Summit on October 6th at the Houston Zoo! While I would love to participate in the conference, I cannot afford it given my current, unemployed, college graduate status…this is where my family, friends, and friends of friends come in! I’m in need of roughly $1800 to cover the flight to Houston, Texas, housing, food, local transportation, poster printing, and conference registration fees (and also the fees for this website). If you would like to see me take part in this awesome experience, please consider supporting me through this GoFundMe! I will only be able to go to the conference IF I raise all of the funds, AND you will only be charged IF and WHEN I reach the goal :)

If you choose to donate, while I can’t give you much, I will give you my eternal gratitude and I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures!

Now that I’m graduated, with a degree in Anthropology, I am looking for a career in great ape conservation education and public awareness. This opportunity not only would allow me to present my thesis, but it would also let me hear some of the most influential people in orangutan conservation speak and potentially give me the chance to speak with them.

If you would like to read my thesis, please let me know! If you would like more information about the Orangutan SSP Husbandry Workshop & Conservation Summit check out their website.

The conference goes from October 6th-9th.

(Also, please note that I was required to make levels starting at $5 and "prizes", I hope you enjoy them.)


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Lauren Gosik 
Tampa, FL
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