ASP Conservation Action Network (ASP-CAN)

The Time to Act is Now!

A shared goal among primatologists who work with captive and/or wild primates is to protect the world’s primate species and populations. We are the experts and, as one of the world’s leading primatological societies, there are many positive steps that we, the membership of the American Society of Primatologists, can take individually and collectively to promote primate conservation and environmental justice. To this end the American Society of Primatologists approved the creation of the Conservation Action Network (CAN), a new subcommittee of the Conservation Committee. A major goal of CAN is to educate the ASP membership in ways of advocating for primate conservation in their classroom, university, research institution, local community, on social media, and with the local and national press, and political leaders.

Action Letters

  • January 2021: Call-to-action to protect the nonhuman primates and indigenous peoples of Amazonia
  • February 2021: Call-to-action on the primate platform: Protecting social primates from social media
  • March 2021: Call-to-action to assist in efforts to protect owl monkeys (English version)
  • March 2021 (Spanish): Call-to-action to assist in efforts to protect owl monkeys
  • March 2021 (Vietnamese): Call-to-action to assist in efforts to protect owl monkeys
  • June 2021: How can primatologists deter ownership of pet primates in the U.S.? History and legislation
  • July 2021: A habitat stronghold on the precipice: A call-to-action for supporting lemur conservation in NE Madagascar
  • September 2021: Building professional capacity to nurture interest & conservation awareness and action
  • February 2020: Announcing the ASP Conservation Action Network (CAN): Scientific activism to protect the world’s primates
  • March 2020: Moving from advocacy to activism
  • June 2020: Endangered red colobus monkeys
  • July 2020: Conservation threats to the survival of wild orangutans
  • August 2020: Best practices in field primatology in the age of Covid-19