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 will be matched by the NGO Re:Wild and we will report on the distribution of the funds in Spring 2022.
We thank more than 150 donors who helped make this a most successful fund-raising campaign!
Primate Protectors (up to $100)
Primate Guardians ($100-$500)
Conservation Champions ($500+)
In 2022, ASP, in partnership with Re:wild, will provide small grants of up to $5,000 for habitat country students, researchers and communities to study and conserve primates and their habitats. The “Saving Primates Where They Live” grant is supported by funds from Re:wild and crowdsourced funds raised by the American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee. Grant applications will be reviewed by a joint committee from Re:wild and members of the ASP Conservation Committee.
1. be led by one or more habitat country researchers
2. focus on primates listed by the IUCN as critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, or data deficient living in their natural habitats
3. take place in a location under environmental threat and/or with high biodiversity
4. publish project results targeted to experts and to the general public
Projects should contribute to one or more of these priorities:
1. improve protection of a critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, or data deficient primate species in their natural habitat
2. demonstrate an economic benefit to local communities of conserving primates and their ecosystems, compared with its loss
3. improve local or regional capacity to carry out future conservation efforts through training and providing high quality conservation research experience to participants
4. advocate for change through conservation education and/or engagement with government representatives to correct inappropriate environmental policies or legislation that previously led to species or habitat decline
All projects must adhere to ASP’s guidelines on the code of best practices in field primatology (https://www.asp.org/2021/04/20/code-of-best-practices-in-field-primatology-code-of-best-practices-in-field-primatology/), and all proposals must be submitted in English.
Call for Grant Applications and Details found HERE