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Ymke Warren Memorial Conservation Award

Young Africans are changing the face of conservation across the continent and the Ymke Warren Memorial Gorilla Conservation Award is dedicated to helping African primatologists early in their careers.

Dr Ymke Warren was an internationally respected primatologist who died in tragic circumstances at her home in Cameroon in 2010. She began her career as a volunteer with The Gorilla Organization, and her family and friends established a fund in her memory to assist promising young African conservationists.

Ymke’s first experience of conservation fieldwork was with chimpanzees in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, and her growing interest in mountain gorillas then led to a research position at the Karisoke Research Centre in Rwanda in 1994. After five years in Rwanda, she returned to the UK to study for her Master’s and PhDs, studying olive baboons at the Gashaka-Gumti National Park in Nigeria for the latter.

From 2003 she worked in Cameroon, studying the critically endangered Cross River gorilla, which had been thought extinct until the 1980s, and campaigning for its protection. Fewer than 300 Cross River gorillas exist, in a small area on the Nigeria-Cameroon border in west Africa.

The Ymke Warren Memorial Gorilla Conservation Award was established to fund promising young African primatologists. The £750 grant is awarded annually by the Primate Society of Great Britain‘s Conservation Working Party on behalf of The Gorilla Organisation.

Ymke Warren Memorial Gorilla Conservationist Award recipients

Anyone interested in applying for this grant (awarded for studies/projects that will benefit primate conservation) should contact Caroline Harcourt, CWP Convenor, at for more information. Any suitable applications submitted in February will be considered, but this grant can also be applied for later in the year if it is not awarded in February.  Only one grant will awarded each year.