Primate Conservation: A Matter of Life or Death
Conservation Programs of the
American Society of Primatologists
"Whether endangered animals will survive to enrich life on earth or perish forever is largely in human hands. We will be progressively poorer for every primate species that disappears from our planet"
"More than 60 primate species are at risk of extinction, and an additional 80 continue to decline at an alarming rate. Sitting apathetically on the sidelines while the existence of such advanced beings is threatened is worse than lamentable, it is unconscionable"
The American Society of Primatologists champions the well-being and conservation of non-human primates, our closest biological cousins.
A pygmy chimpanzee taught to communicate by touching symbols on a keyboard illustrates how uncannily human primates can be. On occasion, he played at hiding a make-believe food item instead of a real one. Later, when he supposedly found the imagined food, he sometimes pretended that is was bad by spitting it out and using the keyboard to say "bad."
The American Society of Primatologists (ASP) works to save primate lives and to arrest the terrifying shrinkage of primate populations worldwide
As the premier organization in the United States for primate scientists, ASP holds annual meetings to exchange up-to-date scientific, conservation, and other information, sponsors the American Journal of Primatology, and raises funds for two kinds of awards:
- Conservation Small Grants
The ASP Conservation Committee typically awards 6 - 8 small grants up to $1,500 per year to support research and education projects that contribute to primate conservation. For example, among those awarded in 2011 were projects aimed at determining the distribution of pygmy tarsiers in Sulawesi, Indonesia, examining the management implications of human-capuchin conflict in Costa Rica, and exploring how early childhood education can help chimp conservation efforts in Cameroon. The Conservation Committee also considers emergency requests for funding. For example, an emergency grant was given to help relocate and rebuild a primate research station that was destroyed by floods.
Small Grants are especially meaningful for individuals or communities in primate habitat countries
- Young Conservationist Award
The purpose of this $750 award is encouragement for the conservation efforts of outstanding students, young investigators and educators in habitat countries.
Conservation awards go to the future conservation
leadership of countries where primates live
Conservation Awards are presented in public ceremonies to impress upon indigenous people the importance of preserving the ecological conditions of animal survival. Curators of the Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza, Madagascar, were presented the Award by the American Ambassador at a well-attended ceremony, and its conservation message was given valuable press and television coverage.
You Can Help
Contributions to primate conservation can be made via the Conservation Fund of ASP. Society members contribute thousands of dollars to the fund each year, but ASP needs additional contributions from other concerned individuals, businesses, and institutions if we are to expand our conservation efforts.
Because most primates depend upon forest resources, successful primate conservation will simultaneously preserve many other forest creatures, as well as the plant life that feeds and protects them
Please make your check payable to:
ASP Conservation Fund
and send to:
One University Way
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
San Antonio, TX 78224 USA
Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable.
American Society of Primatologists is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.