Saving Primates Where They Live-Initiative Grant Donors and Awardees

Photo credit: Kathy West

A Critical Initiative by the American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee

We are members of the Conservation Committee of the American Society of Primatologists (ASP) — the largest professional society of primatologists in North America. Our research and conservation efforts are focused on primates: the closest living species to humans and among the world’s most charismatic animals. Today they are among the most endangered animals, with more than 65% of species threatened with extinction. Many factors drive this tragic decline, including deforestation, mining, road- and dam-building, commercial agriculture, and hunting. 

Although the problems facing primates in their natural habitats are diverse and complex, we recognize that solutions are most likely to be found with people who share their habitats. ASP has supported researchers from or working in countries where primates live, including Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico and Uganda and invested more than $200,000 to support 187 projects on some 86 primate species. 

We met our goal by raising $25,000 from September 1 to December 31, 2021. The funds were matched by the NGO Re:Wild. 

Grant Awardees

This grant is supporting the work of habitat country primatologists all over the world. Details about the awardees are below.

AwardeeProject TitleTarget SpeciesCountry
Md Tarik KabirMinimizing Threats and Setting Conservation Priorities for Western Hoolock Gibbons (Hoolock hoolock) at Atora Hill Reserved Forest and Dhopachari-Patiya Forest of Bangladesh by Engaging Local CommunitiesHoolock hoolock (EN)  Bangladesh  
Lamin SahoA community-based approach to Temminck’s red colobus conservation, Sambel Kunda, Central River Region, The GambiaPiliocolobus badius temminckii (CR)  the Gambia  
Martin Kowalewski  Assessment and mitigation of forest fires on a population of Alouatta caraya at a long-term study site in Northern ArgentinaAlouatta caraya (VU)Argentina
Omobayo Ghislain  Zoffoun  Population status and conservation of Critically Endangered red bellied monkey (Cercopithecus erythrogaster erythrogaster) in Lama Forest Reserve (South Benin)Cercopithecus erythrogaster erythrogaster (CR)Benin
Aini Hasanah Abd Mutalib  Project SoundSKAPE: Tracking the symphony of Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar) in Kenyir Landscape using Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM).Hylobates lar (EN)  Malaysia  
Fefy Niaina Ravahatramananjarasoa  Forest resilience against human disturbance: The effectiveness of seed dispersal by the gray-headed brown lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps) at the newly-protected areas of Ankarabolava-Angakatrika, MadagascarEulemur cinereiceps (CR)  Madagascar
He ZhangAssessment of new habitats for golden snub-nosed monkeys in the Qinling Mountains, ChinaRhinopithecus roxellana (EN)  China
Chimpanzee and Wildlife Friends’ AssociationSTRUCTURATION OF AN EAST AFRICAN NETWORK OF LOCAL ACTORS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF GREAT APESPan troglodytes schweinfurthii (EN) Gorilla beringei beringei (CR)Uganda
Dr. Andriantsitohaina Bertrand  Lemur density and community conservation in Ankarafantsika National Park, Northwest MadagascarSeven threatened species  Madagascar
Doménico Randimbiharinirina, GERPConserving lemurs in the Mahadrodroka forest, northwestern of Madagascar by protecting their natural habitat and improving human well-being.Propithecus coquereli plus five other species  Madagascar
Galvius Degbelo  Habitat selection and traditional ecological knowledge-based diet assessment of endangered primates in Benin: Case of Colobus vellerosus and Procolobus verusColobus vellerosus (CR) and Procolobus verus (VU)  Benin
Le Thanh An  Conservation of the endangered Lorises (Nycticebus spp.) in proposed Ha Nam’s Species and Habitat Protected Area for Delacour’s langur, Vietnam.Nycticebus bengalensis (EN) and Nycticebus pygmaeus (EN)  Vietnam
Dilip ChetryCurrent status of Golden langur Trachypithecus geei in Kakoijana-Bamuni Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Assam, IndiaTrachypithecus geei (EN)  India
Melissa E. Rodríguez Menjivar  “Little seeds” an environmental education program for the conservation of Spider Monkeys and their habitat in Jucuarán, El Salvador
and their habitat in Jucuarán, El Salvador.
Ateles geoffroyi (EN)  El Salvador
Tilo Nadler  8th Asian Primate Symposium Vietnam


We thank more than 150 donors who helped make this a most successful fundraising campaign!

Conservation Champions ($500+)

  • Anonymous x 3
  • Michelle Bezanson
  • Nancy Caine
  • John and Nancy Capitanio
  • Nancy Klepper-Kilgore
  • Jordana Lenon, Jane Rasmussen-Dewar, and the staff and students at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
  • Monika Patel
  • Abigail Ross
  • Charles Snowdon
  • Saint Louis Zoo Wildcare Institute

Primate Guardians ($100-$500)

  • Anonymous x 9
  • Robert Anemone
  • Sylvia Atsalis
  • David Axelrod
  • Grainne Bermingham
  • Mollie Bloomsmith
  • Warren Brockelman
  • Janice Chism
  • Zachary Cofran
  • Kristine Coleman
  • Herbert Covert
  • Jennifer Cramer
  • Carolyn Crockett
  • Elena Cunningham
  • Rajyasree Emmadi
  • Jean Engle
  • Susan Ford
  • Daniel Gebo
  • Paul Garber
  • Thomas Gillespie
  • Tremaine Gregory
  • Elsa Higby and Phillip Brady
  • Cinthia Huggins
  • Arthur Joyce
  • Chris Kirk
  • Angela Lacreuse
  • Michaelangelo Lieberman
  • Justin McNulty and Brad Korell
  • Charles Menzel
  • Krista Milich
  • Tanya Mullins
  • Marilyn Norconk
  • Erik Patel
  • Sawyer Pickett
  • Nathan Puckett
  • William Rogers
  • Noel Rowe
  • Linda Spurlock
  • Nancy Stevens
  • Reichard Ulrich
  • Amber Walker-Bolton
  • Erica Watson
  • Kathy West
  • Blythe Williams
  • Christy Wolovich
  • Catherine Workman
  • Patricia Wright

Primate Protectors (up to $100)

  • Anonymous x 11
  • Andy Ang
  • Thad Bartlett
  • Alma Barragan
  • Carol Berman
  • Elizabeth Bogue
  • Craig Byron
  • Christopher Castro
  • Francine Dolins
  • Rodrigo Estrada
  • Eric Fisher
  • Brett Frye
  • Jennifer Garber
  • Matthew Hankerson
  • Mark Jenike
  • Bruce Johnstone
  • Erin Kane
  • Jonneke Kooman
  • Haley Kutchie
  • Susan Lappan
  • Lemur Conservation Foundation
  • Sue Margulis
  • Joanne Morris
  • Corinna Most
  • Elizabeth Ortiz
  • Nicole Perrone
  • Leila Porter
  • Diana Reiss-Fierstein
  • Erin Riley
  • Anne Russon
  • Anne Savage
  • Jennifer Shannon
  • Julie Teichroeb
  • Stacey Tecot
  • Cynthia Thompson
  • Grietje van der Heide
  • Lynne Venart
  • Julie Wieczkowski
  • Toni Ziegler