Dinner with Dr. Graham L. Banes: 10 Years with Orangutans

Join us for a presentation by orangutan expert Graham L. Banes along with a delicious dinner.


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May 08, 2018
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM


ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 10th St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Join us for a presentation by orangutan expert Graham L. Banes along with a delicious dinner.

Banes' orangutan studies, now in their twelfth year, formed the basis of his Master’s and doctoral theses at the University of Cambridge in England. As a field researcher, Banes has been primarily based in Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, where his research has identified among the world’s largest population of orangutans, disentangled their social and sexual behavior, and determined that historical reintroductions have led to hybridization in the wild between subspecies. His discoveries have been featured extensively in the international press, notably by The Washington PostScience magazine, and the PBS documentary Sex in the Wild: Orang-utans.

In addition to his fieldwork, Banes has worked extensively with zoos around the world. Learn how the orangutans at Albuquerque Zoo have helped to the unlock secrets of their wild kin, and how Banes is helping to ensure that zoo orangutans are genetically healthy, happy, and sustainable in the long term.


6-7 p.m.: Cocktail hour in front of orangutan exhibit 
7-9 p.m.: Dinner and presentation by Banes in the Zoo Colores Building


Hors d’oeuvres

  • Bruschetta bar
  • Assorted chips and salsa
  • Full cash bar available


  • Baby spinach salad, candied walnuts, apples, feta cheese, honey vinaigrette 
  • Top sirloin carving station to include carved whole cauliflower and roasted vegetables
  • Cranberry pinion wild rice


  • Build your own parfait



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