and events that I have determined to take up very little space myself here. I
wish only to let you, the Membership, know that we have a whole slew of
new Council members, elected at the AGM at the Winter Meeting, who will
continue the traditions of this, the most active of European primate
societies. I will, however, mark the end of another era for the PSGB – we
say goodbye to Russell Hill, who has served as Membership Secretary (and
later Membership Secretary and Treasurer) of the Society since 2000. We
are grateful for the meticulous care he showed during his tenure, and those
of us who have attended Council meetings since the turn of the century will
certainly miss his dry wit and (?)helpful suggestions. Taking over the role is
the equally capable Gillian Brown, whom we welcome officially here.
Keeping with the theme of commemoration, however, I must also direct
your attention to the announcement of the creation of the Charles A.
Lockwood Student Prize, to honour the memory of Charlie and his service
to the Society. The first of these will be awarded at the forthcoming PSGB
meeting at Bournemouth, the complete announcement of which is contained
herein, as well. I look forward to seeing you all on the south coast in the
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as a way to acknowledge Charlie’s time spent on the PSGB Council, as well
as the thought, dedication and inspiration he provided to his students. The
prize will be a medal to be awarded annually at the PSGB Spring Meeting
for the best student oral presentation. The prize may be awarded to student
presentations concerning any aspect of primate behaviour and ecology
research, conservation or hominin evolution; the first annual prize will be
awarded at the Spring Meeting 2009, which is being held in Bournemouth
(see Future Meetings below).
Zoological Society of London,
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY
The minutes of the previous AGM held on 17 December 2007 were
accepted as a correct record and signed by the President.
2. Matters arising:
There were no matters arising.
3. President’s report:
We have once again had a very active year, this year on the international, as
well as the national, stage. Our Winter Meeting 2007 was a very special
event celebrating the Society’s 40
anniversary. Thanks in great part to the
two wonderful days, with a broad array of speakers representing the Society
throughout its existence, including our Founder Member’s presentation by
Robert Hinde. There was very good attendance by other PSGB members,
who, as well as enjoying a great scientific conference, partook fully of the
networking/social gathering on the ‘middle’ evening. And then in August,
PSGB hosted the 22
Congress of the International Primatological Society
Hannah Buchanan-Smith, Phyllis Lee and Bill Sellers, as well as myself,
had worked hard over several years to bring off what turned out to be the
largest ever primatological conference, with over 1200 delegates. We were
greatly helped by other PSGB members at the conference itself, including
our Marketing, Conservation and Captive Care Working Parties plus many
other individuals, for which many thanks. As a result of this extra
conference, we did not hold the usual Spring Meeting, but we return to
normal practice from Winter 2008.
We awarded three medals in the past year. Firstly, our regular Napier Medal
Annika Paukner from Stirling University. In addition we awarded two
special medals, one to Cyril Rosen MBE for Conservation, and the second
to the artist Stephen Nash for his Special Contributions to Primatology. It
was a great pleasure to honour all three medal recipients.
Council has continued to be active on a number of other fronts. This year I
Society: a letter to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the
impact of bushmeat on forest biodiversity; a letter to Hilary Benn, Secretary
of State for the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, in
support of a new UK law to fight trade in illegal timber; the Manifesto for
organised by the RSPCA and the Monkey Sanctuary Trust, concerning
potential UK legislation on the private ownership of primates as pets. In
addition, we have sent letters in protest against the planned euthanasia of
the Tonkean macaque colony at Strasbourg University, and the closure of
the Geoffroy’s marmoset colony at San Diego Wildlife Park. Unfortunately,
in both these cases the planned action was carried out.
We have had major discussions in Council this year about the nature and
result, we will be instigating a number of changes, as outlined in the
September 2008 Primate Eye. In particular, we will include a workshop
element in our Spring Meeting aimed at post-graduate students, and our
Winter Meetings, from 2009, will be over two days, with proffered as well
as invited papers, around a theme.
This year we say goodbye to our student Council member, Juliet Wright,
Smith, Andrew Smith and Sonya Hill. All have been very active Council
members, and all have taken on additional responsibilities: Juliet who set up
a Facebook page for student members of PSGB, Tessa as a member of
Captive Care Working Party, Andrew as a meeting organiser and Sonya
through Captive Care Working Party. I am very grateful to all of them for
their time and support. I am delighted to say that Andrew has recently taken
over as our meetings co-ordinator; Paul Honess is stepping down after
pioneering the role for many years. Sonya remains Convener of Captive
Care Working Party, so we will be holding on to both Andrew and Sonya as
Assistant Members of Council for the future. We also very sadly lost a
fourth Council member, Charlie Lockwood, who was killed in a tragic
accident in July. Charlie was a very active Council member and meeting
organiser, amongst so many other things, and we greatly miss him.
In addition, we are finally losing Russell Hill from a very extended period
the inside cover of Primate Eye, he has been in post since the year zero!
Russell has brought our accounting into the 21
century, and with apparent
members for their dues, querying all expenses, and generally keeping on top
of things with great efficiency. We owe special thanks to Russell for his
I continue to be very grateful for the support of all our members and
Council has had a productive year in which a number of decisions were
taken, the majority are highlighted elsewhere in this report. A few
additional developments include the adoption of a Jiscmail account to
facilitate communication among members. This is a members only account
and has been developed by Council member Sarah Elton and is maintained
by Sarah and the membership secretary. In addition, Council had agreed to
follow the letter of the Constitution more closely when recruiting new
Council members. We will now indicate the newly nominated Council
members in the October issue of Primate Eye. Any additional nominations
must be received in writing and seconded in writing one week prior to the
AGM. In the instance where no other nominations are received, then the
new members will be deemed ratified at the AGM. The officers of the
Society will still be elected each year at the AGM.
I too wish to express my thanks to all the members of PSGB Council that
Council that are stepping down: Sonya Hill, Andrew Smith and Tessa Smith
– your efforts on behalf of Council were greatly appreciated.
This is my final year as Treasurer and Membership Secretary and I am
the high profile turmoil descending on the financial markets around the
world. Membership of the Society has again grown, with a total of 308
individual memberships (187 full members, 26 associate members, 94
student members) at the end of the September, an increase of 19 this year.
In addition, the Society has 1 institutional member and distributes 19 copies
of Primate Eye through subscriptions and to copyright libraries.
Membership is thus in a healthy state.
The Society’s financial position also remains stable, and we are reporting a
surplus for 2007-8 of £7260. Although in small part this is down to the
increase in membership numbers, the majority is accounted for by income
received directly before the year end and the later payment for our booking
of ZSL as the venue for the 2008 Winter Meeting. Nevertheless, the success
of our Marketing Working Party at IPS 2008 is reflected in a large increase
in Other Income, and this profit will be paid out as a grant to our 2008
Sponsored Cause in early 2009. Similarly, some late donations to the
Conservation Working Party, notably from Knowsley Safari Park, will also
be paid out in grants in 2008-9. As a consequence, expenditure will increase
in the year ahead and I would expect it to exceed income for 2008-9 as
position and we have retained over £20,000 in our savings account. I hope,
therefore, that the incoming Treasurer has the strong financial base needed
to implement new initiatives that can take the Society forward with
confidence in the years ahead.
a) PSGB Spring Meeting 2009 - will be held in Bournemouth at
Bournemouth University on the 16
of April. The
organisers of the meeting are Mandy Korstjens and Jo Setchell.
The theme of the meeting will be ‘Form and Function’ in which the
link between morphology, behaviour and ecology will be explored.
The emphasis of the Spring Meeting, as always, is on our students.
To further enhance our student provision two short workshops will
be held on ‘presentation skills’ and ‘morphometrics’. Further
details on the meeting will be available on the PSGB website in
b) PSGB Winter Meeting 2009 - will be held in London at the Zoo.
meeting will be two days long and in addition to invited speakers,
the plan is to also encourage proffered papers. The organisers are
Paul Honess, Stuart Semple and Tessa Smith. More details will be
forthcoming about this meeting in the near future. Members are
encouraged to check the PSGB website for forthcoming details.
c) PSGB Spring Meeting 2010 - will be held in Abertay, Scotland and
a) Conservation Working Party -
There was a record number of applications for the February round of grants.
Twenty-three people applied, but just three could be funded due to shortage
of funds. These were:
• Josia Razafindramanana:
First assessment of the population of two
Bechati-Mone Forest corridor, South West Cameroon (funded by
the Born Free Foundation)
• Stanislov Lhota: Conservation of proboscis monkeys in
In August, in contrast, there were just eight applications. Again, three were
• Rachel Munds: Population density surveys and taxonomic
assessment of the Western tarsier (Tarsius bancanus borneanus)
and Bornean slow loris (Nycticebus menagensis) in the Lower
Kinabatangan Floodplain, Sabah, Malaysia.
• Tricia Parish: Identifying the CITES Appendix I-listed Asian slow
loris: a training programme for enforcement officials and rescue
centres in Southeast Asia (mostly BFF funding).
• Manij Upadhyay: Primate Conservation Awareness Programme in
Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal
In May this year, we were very grateful to receive a boost to our funds with
added after the IPS meeting in August, with funds from a raffle for the
binoculars donated by Leica to Ian Redmond, plus Ian’s very generous
donation from sales of his new book. I would like to thank Knowsley, Leica
and Ian for these very welcome contributions.
The conservation project for 2009 has been selected by CWP members and
Beekeeping Initiative in the Southwest Province of Cameroon. This project
aims to reduce financial dependence on the bushmeat trade by providing
hunters with an alternative income from beekeeping. The poster about this
project, which was on display at the winter meeting, is on the PSGB
website. The project also has a website:
In addition to giving out grants, the CWP discussed a variety of
Director of IPPL-UK, about the problems with the Barbary macaques in
Gibraltar. As usual, CWP members have helped by reviewing applications
for the Conservation Leadership Programme Awards.
Many thanks to all members of the Working Party for their support
in London and providing us with coffee and biscuits.
The Captive Care Working Party (CCWP) met in May 2008, at the Centre
for Macaques breeding centre, Wiltshire, to discuss grant applications and
any other business; we also were given a tour of some of the primate
housing and environmental enrichment techniques in use there. We received
eight grant applications this year, in a variety of fields concerning captive
primate welfare. It was decided to offer two grants, as follows:
Rebecca Bearman (Oxford Brookes University): “Behaviour and welfare
management technique with socially housed Anubis baboons (Papio
annual conference of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA, for which she won the award for ‘Best Overall Poster,’ so
many congratulations to her!
Eugenia Polizzi (Liverpool John Moores University): “Visibility between
social relationships” (£750).
We had intended to hold a second CCWP meeting at Chester Zoo in late
communication by email in the meantime. The latter half of 2008 was
particularly busy for the CCWP, and several new issues were dealt with.
These included matters relating to the controversial euthanasia of a group of
Herpes B-positive Tonkean macaques (Macaca tonkeana) at the Centre de
Primatologie (CDP) at the Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France,
which was discussed in the October 2008 editorial of Primate Eye. In
advance of the publicised euthanasia date, the CCWP and PSGB Council
drafted a letter to be sent to the University, to express our support for those
at the CDP acting to prevent the euthanasia of these macaques, if the
animals could be maintained with good welfare, and managed in a way that
clearly meets the required regulations for animals positive for B-virus
(today, standard management practice in world-class primate facilities is to
find a secure place for macaques carrying the Herpes B virus, and to
implement management procedures that minimise the risks - e.g. in the UK,
any animals found to be B-positive are subject to ‘Category 4’
containment). From an ethical perspective, animals should not be
expendable when their usefulness to research is over, if they can maintain a
good quality of life and if legal requirements for housing have been met (as
appeared to be the case here). Sadly, the macaques were euthanised ahead
of the publicised date, thus furthering the controversy, and the PSGB
Council sent a letter to the University to express our concerns at their
actions. In addition to that issue, we were contacted by Mole Hall Wildlife
Park, in Essex, which had to close down due to the terminal illness of its
owner, for advice on the re-homing of two adult male chimpanzees, for
support to a campaign by the RSPCA and the Monkey Sanctuary, to restrict
the private ownership of primates in the UK to specialists, i.e. for purposes
other than pet ownership (namely species conservation, or the care of
animals, by sanctuaries and individuals to whom sanctuaries re-home
animals, as a result of their abandonment, neglect, maltreatment or injury).
CCWP will report further developments on this issue in Primate Eye in the
There were several changes to CCWP membership in 2008. We welcomed
new member Steve Unwin, a Veterinary Officer at Chester Zoo and
veterinary co-ordinator for the Pan African Sanctuaries Alliance, and we
said goodbye to Vicky Melfi, Roger Curtis and Tessa Smith, whom we
thank for their hard work and commitment to the CCWP. We received four
applications from people interested in gaining membership to the CCWP,
and we are currently assessing these; we intend that applicants will hear the
outcome very shortly. The CCWP will continue to increase its activity and
profile in 2009.
Sonya P. Hill,
c) Marketing Working Party -
this year. Due to the generosity of Steven Nash, we used Nash images on t-
shirts, mugs and magnets, and also sold other PSGB-related items,
including those using photographs kindly donated by our membership.
Along with covering our costs for the merchandise and stall, we raised £200
for the Hainan gibbon appeal; income from the sale of merchandise at the
Winter Meeting will also go to the Hainan gibbon sponsored cause. At the
IPS, Ian Redmond also ran a raffle of high-spec binoculars in aid of the
Conservation Working Party, which raised several hundred pounds. In
addition, we are very grateful to Conservation International for the kind
donation of their unsold IPS merchandise, and thank those PSGB members
who helped on the stall. The MWP sells goods via its Spice Shop (linked
from the PSGB webpage), and is also looking into other mail order
opportunities. Ideas for PSGB marketing from members are always
gratefully received: please contact Sarah Elton, Todd Rae or Colleen
Schaffner. Finally, we encourage meeting participants to visit our stall today
and buy, buy, buy!