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.
Some of our successes:
As a Brazilian doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Julio Cesar Bicca-Marques received a conservation grant from the ASP in 1998 to study the ability of wild primates to find dispersed foods. Since completing his degree, Dr. Bicca-Marques has become a leading Brazilian scholar on primate health, particularly the threat of yellow fever to human and monkey communities. His work has helped dispel false notions that resulted in hundreds of monkey deaths.
Yeissy Sarmiento and her Peruvian colleagues received funding from ASP in 2019 to survey the Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey in the Peruvian Andes – a species once thought to be extinct. Their engagement with local communities has led to the creation of 11 community-run protected areas in northern Peru, efforts that will also protect a species of the only nocturnal monkey in the Americas.
Together with Christos Astaras and colleagues, Josh Linder helped the managers of Korup National Park in Cameroon, West Africa, design an extensive wildlife monitoring program to deter hunting of the Critically Endangered red colobus monkey. With a small grant from ASP in 2003, Josh secured further funding to deploy acoustic sensors and improve monitoring within the Park, and collaborated with other researchers to develop a Species Action Plan funded by Re:wild and the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation to protect the 18 endangered species of red colobus across Africa.
Our experience shows that local scientists and conservationists have the best lens to view what is needed to protect the primates in their countries. Our current initiative is designed to protect primates where they live by providing financial assistance to local primatologists.
Would you be willing to help support future grant recipients?
Three reasons to support us now –
The conservation organization, Re:wild, willmatch your donation dollar for dollar to $25,000. From Russ Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer, of Re:wild, “We are pleased to be partnering with ASP on this important initiative to raise more funds for critical small grant support to emerging young primatologists.”
No overhead costs. All donations go directly to support habitat-country scientiststhrough a simple application and peer-review process.
Saving Primates Where They Live is designed to boost primate conservation efforts where they are most effective!
We hope that you share our concern for these amazing animals and help us support their protection and survival. The following donors agreed to adding their names to the donor roles (as of 18 October 2021). We are grateful to them and the anonymous donors who provided support for the campaign.
Primate Protectors (up to $100)
Anonymous x 10
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Primate Guardians ($100-$500)
Anonymous x 6
Elsa Higby and Phillip Brady
Conservation Champions ($500+)
Anonymous x 2
John and Nancy Capitanio
Jordana Lenon, Jane Rasmussen-Dewar, and the staff and students at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center