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AFC Flag Expedition #11:
How an Artist Saved the Mountain Gorilla: Retracing the Footsteps of Carl Akeley 85 Years Later
Expedition Artist: Stephen C. Quinn
Purpose: To retrace the steps of the American Museum of Natural History icon, Carl Akeley; to tell the unique story of how an artist catalyzed Africa's first national park; and to highlight and support current conservation work being done to save the Mountain Gorilla.
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo & Rwanda, Central Africa
Scheduled For: November, 2010
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About UC Davis Wildlife Health Center
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The Houston Zoo recognizes both the challenges and the opportunities for combining quality public recreation and education with efforts to ensure the survival of threatened species in captivity and in the wild.  Our goal is to fully integrate the conservation mission into the institution's day-to-day operation and to increase our capacity to contribute to worthwhile and effective programs at the state, regional, national and international levels.
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•Bornean Orangutan Conservation
•Borneo's Elephant Conservation
•Botswana Black Rhinoceros Reintroduction
•El Valle Amphibian Rescue Center-Panama
•Peninsular Pronghorn Recovery, Mexico
•Cheetah Conservation Botswana
•Asian Elephant Satellite Tracking and Social Structure
•Tapir Conservation
•Mbeli Bai Gorilla Study
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