Origins and natural habitat of primates
This primatology course module explores the origins and natural habitats of primates and their global distribution including: Biogeography, countries, continents; commensal relationships: primates & trees; forest types-habitat types; primary & secondary rainforest; riverine habitats; territory defending and species differences.
Learn about the scientific classifications of primates through their taxonomy, primate groups & families; apes, monkeys, prosimians; extant primates; suborders; new world monkeys (NWM) and old world monkeys (OWM).
Learn how to differentiate between types & forms of behaviour amongst primates as well as how to identify various behaviours according to species & primate groups.
Learn how the studies of primate behaviour have developed since the early 20th Century and how primate behaviour is studied & understand the complications involved.
Learn about the differences between wild & captive behavioural observations including: Innate & learned; experiential; individual differences; influences on environment (physical, emotional) and social behaviours.
Ecological and Conservation Principles
Gain an understanding about Human-wildlife conflict & attitudes towards primates. Including: Bush meat & related issues; the benefits & disadvantages of ecotourism; conservation strategies through case studies & examples.
Learn about the importance of legislation in the protection of primates & describe the affect of the pet trade on wild primate populations.
Learn about abnormal behaviours in captive primates & the importance of environmental enrichment.
Learn about the use of primates including: Range of usefulness: labour, laboratory, entertainment, companionship; historic perspective; zoos, private captives, differences between countries: legal status, demands for keeping primates and the ethics of keeping primates.
Community engagement methods
In this primatology course module, you will explore how community engagement is a essential for primate conservation in the wild. Learn about the processes of community consultation and how to incorporate this into conservation and primate welfare programmes.
Learn about primate rescue and rehabilitation, including: Reintroduction as conservation tool; captive primates: relevance to conservation; care of captive primates in rehabilitation: physical & psychological trauma issues, social issues species-specific; reintroduction programmes: issues & faults; species reintroduced such as: Red Colobus monkey, Golden Lion Tamarin, Vervet monkey and Great Apes.
Learn how to identify signs of ill health and common ailments and diseases. This section includes First Aid, vaccinations and zoonoses.
Learn about Rescue centres & sanctuaries, including: Range & type of, differences between; country-specific organisations; criteria that influence rescue; types of primate rescued, reasons for rescue and welfare of rescued primates.
Rescue and Rehabilitation
This module explores how to deal with physical and psychological trauma in the Primate. Learn how to administer immediate first aid and how to identify and respond to common diseases and illnesses that may affect the rescued primate. Specific individuals & organisations are discussed with examples from across the globe.
Care of the Captive Primate
Certain workers in the area of primate conservation have produced exemplary practices in the care of captive primates. They have designed captive accommodation to maximise the environment by providing enrichment and thus welfare. This module explores how to apply these concepts to assist primates in captivity.