Gorilla beringei beringei  ©R. Vercauteren Drubbel

The Belgian Group for Primatology

and the Groupe de contact FNRS ‘Primatologie’

invite you to their joint meeting on

Monday December 4th , 2017 from 1:45 p.m

l’Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique

Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen

29, Rue Vautier/straat  1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

Our famous invited speakster is 

  Shelly Masi

Associate/Assistant Professor (Maître de conférences)

at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris, France.


“ Her current research aims at understanding the flexibility of foraging strategies and of the cognitive behaviour of great apes focusing on four main research lines :

1) animal nutritional and energetic needs, 2) feeding ecology and nutritional strategies in relation to spatio-temporal availability of food, 3) health status and medicinal plant choice, 4) feeding traditions, social learning, feeding knowledge transmission and culture.

Her field work profits from the tight collaboration with the Aka Pygmies, hunter-gathers, forest experts and gorilla trackers. A recent research line includes studies on the Aka Pygmies given their traditional use of forest plants for medicine and other usages.

Her research has been focussing mainly on the western gorillas, elusive and critically endangered species.”


13:45  Welcome message Roseline Beudels (RBINS) and Régine Vercauteren Drubbel (ULB)


14:00  Foraging strategies and peculiar food choices in wild western gorillas

            Shelly Masi (National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France)


14:50  Do Grauer’s gorillas use similar plant species to local traditional healers ?

Chantal Shalukoma (ULB, ICCN-DRC), Caroline Stévigny (ULB),Marjolein Visser (ULB), Régine Vercauteren Drubbel (ULB)


15:10 The thread of life: alpha klotho in captive chimpanzees and bonobos

Jeroen MG Stevens (KMDA, UAntwerpen) & Verena Behringer (Max Planck Institute-DE)


15:30 Demography and matrix population model of commensal long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in the framework of a sterilization programme, Ubud (Bali)

Fanny Cloutier (UCL, ULiège), Fany Brotcorne (ULiège) & Nicolas Schtickzelle (UCL)


15:50 Identification of animals interacting with Nauclea orientalis along the Kinabatangan River, Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary: uncovering proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) seed dispersal

Oriana Bhasin (ULB), Valentine Thiry (ULB, RBINS), Danica J. Stark (DGFS-MY), Senthilvel K.S.S. Nathan (SWD-MY), Régine Vercauteren Drubbel (ULB), Benoît Goossens (DGFS-MY), Martine Vercauteren (ULB)


16:10 Friends of the Orangutans Malaysia: conservation tools for an endangered species          

         Mélodie Kreyer


16:20 Report on the 2017 congress of the European Federation for Primatology (EFP) in Strasbourg

Announcement of the 2018 Congress of the International Primatological Society (IPS) in Kenya

Régine Vercauteren Drubbel (ULB)  


 16:30 Closing message Martine Vercauteren (ULB)


Martine Vercauteren (ULB), President

Fany Brotcorne (ULiège), Secretary

Groupe de contact FNRS 'Primatologie'

Régine Vercauteren Drubbel (ULB)

President BGP