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Kerry Bowman Ph.D.

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics


Actively involved in conservation efforts to save gorillas and chimpanzees, Dr. Kerry Bowman has just returned from Africa. There, he has established an extensive education and research-based program in the Cameroon school system, examining children's attitudes toward great apes and informing them of the animals’ role in the wild and their similarity to humans. In an earlier trip, he lived in among hunters in Cameroon in order to study African attitudes toward the hunting and eating of chimpanzees and gorillas. Dr. Bowman also has extensive experience working with the orangutans of Indonesia. A member of the Board of Directors of the Jane Goodall Institute and personal friend of Jane Goodall, he lectures widely on ethical issues in primate conservation and research.

Dr. Bowman was featured in the recent CBC and Discovery Channel documentaries Ghosts of Lomako and Bushmeat, highlighting the ongoing threat to the great apes of Africa, and is participating in two more documentaries in coming months, both related to the survival of great apes in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Bowman has also been featured in Maclean’s magazine and The Toronto Star, as well as Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, CNN and numerous TV talk shows.

Founder of the Canadian Great Ape Alliance, Dr. Bowman has consulted to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta on research exploring the link between the hunting of great apes and the transmission of retroviruses such as HIV. He has also consulted to Conservation International and the Gorilla Foundation on cultural and ethical considerations in conservation. With his background in Ethics and Cultural Studies, Dr. Bowman is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics at the University of Toronto and a clinical ethicist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, consulting in Germany, South Africa and the People's Republic of China on cultural issues in improving end-of-life care.