Abstract # 1140 Event # 193:

Scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:00 AM-01:00 PM: Session 32 (Princess) Symposium

SYMPOSIUM: Conservation Education at In-situ Primate Sanctuaries

B. Cartwright1,2,3
1Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, 1-253 Arlington Ave, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5T1, Canada, 2International Fund For Animal Welfare, Canada, 3Royal Roads University, Canada
     The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is an association of in-situ primate sanctuaries across Africa. Recognizing the immediate threat of extinction faced by many primates, PASA stresses the importance of conservation education in reversing that trend. Each member sanctuary has a unique education program that addresses the threats and solutions for primate survival, often with broad audiences ranging from international tourists to local communities. Since 2004, PASA member sanctuaries have engaged in an on-going evaluation process to determine the impact and potential of conservation education in securing species survival. This symposium, three hours in length, will focus on the specific programs evaluated from nine different sanctuaries, spanning the continent, cultures and languages presented by local education officers. Programs highlighted include primary and secondary schools; community outreach; sanctuary based; international visitors; and cover conservation threats such as bushmeat, deforestation and the pet trade. Each presentation will demonstrate a different aspect of conservation education and include pedagogy, design, themes, audiences and evaluation results.