Breakfast Panel Event: Successes in Primate Conservation

This year we introduced a new collaboration with the Whitley Fund for Nature, featuring a panel discussion with two of this year’s prestigious Whitley Award winners, Panut Hadisiswoyo and Inaoyom Imong. They discussed their work on primate conservation along with Mary Blair, Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. The panel discussion was moderated by Ana Luz Porzecanski, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History.


  • Dr. Panut Hadisiswoyo was awarded the Whitley Award for Conservation in Ape Habitats, donated by the Arcus Foundation, for his work building local capacity for the protection of Sumatran orangutans and their habitat in Indonesia. 
  • Dr. Inaoyom Imong received the Whitley Award donated by the Garfield Weston Foundation for his work saving Cross River gorillas through community-based conservation in the Mbe Mountains of Nigeria.
  • Dr. Mary Blair investigates the diversity of slow lorises in Vietnam and the patterns, scales, and drivers of illicit trade in these primates.

All three panelists participated actively as mentors throughout the conference.

This event was made possible thanks to support from the Arcus Foundation.