Sunday, April 13, 2008

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Milestones Scientists from the father of Spanish Primatology


. The Catalan researcher, who traveled to Africa after the Civil War
. Found the smallest frog in the world and worked with Diane Fossey


MADRID .- "I was 17, was the eldest son of a family ruined by the Civil War and went to work in the colonies with a cousin of my father, an island of Fernando Poo [ Equatorial Guinea]. But I liked the idea ...». That was how the Catalan primatologist Jordi Sabater i Pi, now aged 86, arrived to Africa, found his calling and became a pioneer in its field in Spain and world-renowned scientist.

few days ago, the Library and Fornaguera Costa, Calella (Barcelona) was inaugurated the first exhibition on the whole of his career in research and vital, a sample that was founded with the goal of being itinerant inside and outside Catalonia, and show that their contributions go far beyond the discovery of 'Snowflake', the albino gorilla is brought from Guinea.

( Image: Jordi Sabater i Pi, in the center, during their stay on the island of Fernando Poo - Photo: Jordi Sabater i Pi)

"These people know what I did. What of 'Snowflake' was a story, but the important thing is that I discovered that chimpanzees and gorillas use tools make beds and I found the world's largest frog or bird locating honeycombs in the jungle. But that is not spoken, "he complains, rightly, in a telephone statement to this newspaper.

And the truth is that there is much to tell about his eventful life, summed up in barely six panels. They can see many of their amazing animal drawings, documents and personal letters and many photos of the 30 years he spent in the Guinean forest and traveling the continent.

The exhibition is completed with a cabinet in which half a dozen sets of clubs that made the chimpanzees in the mountains of Okorobikó to catch termites. "They end up in a sort of broom, which are crushing the stick to fish for termites.

To me, the most important work I've done, "says ethologist from home. That work was published in the journal Nature in 1969, a landmark for English science.

Video and conferences

Alfonso Parr, curator of the exhibition, which has received recognition with more than enough material. "Sabater Pi i keeps it all and has also been an extraordinary artist, so there are a lot of interesting material. In addition, you can watch a video and on 22 there will be two conferences, one of the protagonist and other Marina Mosquera, "said the commissioner.

This exhibition has been produced by the Catalan Institute of Human Paleontology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and Turkana Films, and can be visited at the weekend of April in Calella.
Sabater i Pi is still very present his early years in Africa. "At this time the Indians were without clothes and spears. I was greeted with suspicion, but I learned their language [fang] and that allowed me to do ethnographic studies. I had studied in French schools, and there we talked a lot about Africa, so I was interested when I started the trip, "he recalls.

( Image: Jordi Sabater i Pi, with his drawings)

Hundreds of drawings illustrate some ancient customs that the young Catalan knew it would eventually disappear. "For me it has been basic drawing, because drawing you have to look in detail and if you look you know and if you meet estimates, and if it considers protected," said one of its texts.

After the interruption of the military, in Barcelona, \u200b\u200bwhere he met his wife, returns to Guinea, now to work on a cocoa plantation in the jungle. His first contact with research comes through subscription to the journal of ethnology Congolese 'Brousse'. There

James Chapin, curator of birds at the National Museum of Natural History in New York, requested information on the bird indicator of the honey guide the Indians to the panels.

Sabater finds it and sends the drawings. Chapin then encouraged to study the gorillas from the coast, opening the way then continue to Diane Fossey in the Virunga mountains, with whom he shared many hours of work.

In 1958, the Barcelona Zoo hires him as a conservative research center in the colony in Bata, starting a full year of expeditions, research and papers published in prestigious journals. Ten years later, on 7 February, a female is making a stick. Unusual, but true. The finding goes around the world.

had appeared before in his life 'Snowflake', battered by a farmer led to his workplace, but it was more important for finding a frog who weighed four kilos.

Territories to explore

In 1969, independence, Sabater leave Equatorial Guinea, but then again many times to keep working. "I miss those years, but now I am old," he says. "It gives me satisfaction to think that I was the first to study chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas. Now we have to fight to protect it in 50 years that will not be calculated.

large parks are needed to live, but lack money, "he notes.

Lest we forget, reminds us that "primate tell us much of our own way of being" and that "we must devote more human to observe" other beings to know better.

Sabater i Pi When he returned to Spain after the independence of Guinea, began to study and 54 years achieved a degree in Psychology.

then work with 'National Geographic' had reported a high prestige and international recognition. Doctorate and later created the first chair of ethology, the science that studies the behavior of animals in Spain. "Now there is in many universities in the country and attracts large interest, but does not give money, "says the investigator, retired.

Sabater Pi i said that" Africa is still little known, there are areas of lakes and marshes that remain to be explored "and encourages young people to pursue their steps.
Above all, recognize that "women are better to watch than men" and says that whoever does a good job of getting support to move forward, "as happened to me." Another anecdote for history: from Canada offered a million dollars 'Snowflake', but he refused and the famous gorilla ended in Barcelona.


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