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In the Heart of the Forest Golden Monkeys and the Lisu Hill Tribes

Wong How Man and Dr William Bleisch
Thursday, 8 Mar 2007
Olympic House

"In the Heart of the Forest Golden Monkeys and Lisu Hill Tribes"
Wong How Man and Dr William Bleisch
Thursday, 8 March 2007
2/F Olympic House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome again Wong How Man, one of our most popular lecturers, to speak on his extraordinary research on the fascinating Lisu Hill Tribes. We also are delighted to welcome again Dr William Bleisch to speak in the same lecture on the famous Golden Monkeys of Yunnan. They are then to show their film: "Lisu Hill A Tribe with Golden Monkeys" linking the stories. The lecture is finely illustrated by photos. As their range becomes a nature reserve, the extraordinary Lisu hill tribes of Yunnan, which are some of the best forest hunters in southern China have their culture under increasing threat. The Lisu people inhabit mountainous areas that are largely covered with dense forests largely unnafected by lowland culture. Mr. Wong describes these fascinating tribes in his talk and also explores how to balance nature and culture conservation in this sensitive province of China. The Yunnan Snubnosed Monkey is one of four extremely rare and endangered Golden Monkey species in the world. Their numbers total less than 2000 individual animals and are the highest living primate, existing between 3000 and 4000 metres. Dr Bleisch in his talk tells the exploration story of how the China Exploration and Research Society found and worked on the Golden Monkeys, and then worked on the restoration and safekeeping of their environment. Wong How Man is Chairman of the China Research & Exploration Society. Being "China's most accomplished explorer", Time Magazine honoured Wong How Man as one of their 25 Asian Heroes in 2002. In a career spanning thirty years of exploration in remote China, Wong How Man is a veteran at the National Geographic, having led six major expeditions for the magazine. In 1985, he discovered a new source for the Yangtze River. In 1986, he founded the China Exploration & Research Society, which expanded his exploration work to conservation of China's natural and cultural heritage. He has authored many books and his work has been featured often on CNN, National Geographic Channel and many other media. Dr. Bleisch has worked on research and conservation in China for twenty years and heads the China program for Flora and Fauna International, a UK based conservation group with over 100 years history and works extensively for the China Research & Exploration Society. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.

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