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College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation To Explore The Plight Of Primates

It’s time for Santa Clarita to finally be introduced to the world of primates. College of the Canyons anthropology professor and primate researcher Sarah Etheridge will present this fall’s 2012 Scholarly Presentation “Nothing to Smile About: The Vanishing Primates” on Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

“Many people probably don't know exactly what a primate is,” Etheridge said.

The goal of the night's program is to educate the audience about the plight of primates in the areas of economics, science and medicine.

"Some of the images will be graphic, but the reality is that these threats to primates are out there--it’s just that most of us are too disconnected from the issues to be able to do anything about them,” Etheridge said.

Beginning with a basic introduction into the world of primates, the presentation will examine primates’ biological importance to society, along with the multitude of issues currently threatening the world’s primate population, including deforestation and the illegal pet and entertainment trade.

Admission to this event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Attendees can also park for free in college lots 4 through 8, located off Rockwell Canyon Road. For more information, click here.