Abstract # 232:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2006 02:15 PM-02:30 PM: Session 22 (Regency East #1) Oral Presentation


PRIMATE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS IN RESEARCH, TRAINING AND OUTREACH

R. C. Kyes1,2, L. Jones-Engel2, E. Iskandar3, J. Onibala4, B. Lapin5, M. Chalise6, J. Li7, M. M. Feeroz8, N. Aggimarangsee9, P. Kakule10 and J. S. Silva11
1Department of Psychology, Univ. of Washington, Box 357330, Seattle, WA 98195-7330, USA, 2Washington National Primate Research Center, 3Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural Univ., Bogor, Indonesia, 4Faculty of Animal Sciences, Sam Ratulangi Univ., Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 5National Institution: Research Institute of Medical Primatology-RAMS, Sochi-Adler, Russia, 6Nepal Biodiversity Research Society and Dept. of Zoology, Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu, Nepal, 7School of Life Sciences, Anhui Univ., Hefei, Anhui, China, 8Dept. of Zoology, Jahangirnagar Univ., Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9Dept. of Biology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 10Tayna Gorilla Reserve and Tayna Center for Conservation Biology, Goma, Dem. Rep. of Congo, 11Instituto de Ecologia AC, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
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     Conservation of the world’s naturally occurring primate populations requires a global effort. The Washington National Primate Research Center together with institutions in Indonesia, Russia, Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico are working as global partners to develop more comprehensive research and educational strategies in the field of primate conservation biology. Our research goal is to broaden our approach to population assessment (i.e., Abundance, Habitat viability, Genetic viability, and Pathogen transmission) and standardize our data collection protocols to facilitate the acquisition of reliable, quantitative data that permit comparison on a global scale. Equally important are the efforts to offer increased training and community outreach opportunities. Our goal is to establish a growing body of well-trained, regional experts who are capable of implementing the programs needed to ensure the future of their country’s important natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity. Similarly, we have focused increasing attention on community outreach education for children from local villages to help promote environmental awareness and generate a sense of commitment and involvement in the conservation of biodiversity in their region. Our on-going collaborative efforts in Indonesia, Nepal, and China provide excellent examples of this comprehensive approach to primate conservation. Supported in part by grants from: ASP, IPS, Woodland Park Zoo, Rufford, Royalty Research Fund, Puget Sound Partners for Global Health, DARPA, NIH, and NIH Grant RR-00166.