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"
You can help
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
In the past, one to four small grants of $500 were awarded each year for research, education, or emergency projects. The number and size of these grants needs to be increased. They can be add-ons to ongoing projects.
Small Grants are especially meaningful for individuals or communities in primate habitat countries
An example is an add-on grant for a joint US/Columbia project in which the plight of the beautiful and endangered cotton-top tamarin is used to raise community conservation awareness. High school students are trained in the field biology of a Colombian nature reserve and then lead groups of young children on educational tours of the reserve.
An emergency grant was given to defuse a
plan to kill supposedly destructive macaque monkeys
Authorities delayed action while scientists determined if the monkeys were damaging valuable trees.
- 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 donate on-line to the ASP Primate Conservation Fund or download the contribution form and send your donation by mail.
Please make your check payable to:
ASP Conservation Fund
and send to
Kimberley Phillips, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX, USA 78212
Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable.
American Society of Primatologists is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributors of $500 or more will be listed in the ASP Bulletin
Modified: 23 October 2007