Abstract # 6:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 09:45 AM-09:55 AM: Session 1 (Mission Bay Ballroom AB) Symposium


INTERNATIONAL FIELD TRAINING IN PRIMATE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

R. C. Kyes1, E. Iskandar2, J. Pamungkas2, J. Onibala3, M. K. Chalise4, J. -H Li5, M. M. Feeroz6, T. Sutthipat7, N. Aggimarangsee8, P. K. Vwirasihikya9 and J. C. Serio Silva10
1Dept. of Psychology, Center for Global Field Study, and Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural Univ., Bogor, Indonesia, 3Faculty of Animal Sciences, Sam Ratulangi Univ., Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 4Nepal Biodiversity Research Society and Central Dept. of Zoology, Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu, Nepal, 5School of Life Sciences, Anhui Univ., Hefei, Anhui, China, 6Dept. of Zoology, Jahangirnagar Univ., Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 8Dept. of Biology, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 9Tayna Gorilla Reserve and Tayna Center for Conservation Biology, Goma, Dem. Rep. of Congo, 10Instituto de Ecologia AC, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
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     For more than 15 years, the Washington National Primate Research Center together with institutions in Indonesia, Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico have been working as global partners to develop comprehensive educational and training strategies in the field of primate conservation biology. Our goal is to foster a growing body of well-trained, regional experts who are capable of implementing the programs needed to ensure the future of their countries’ important natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity. Our collaborative training programs involve conducting annual field courses that focus on primate conservation biology. To date, we have conducted over 50 field courses for more than 800 university students and professionals (including park rangers, government forestry staff, environmental journalists, and staff from conservation NGOs). Our programs also 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. To date, we have conducted 50 outreach programs for more than 2400 elementary and middle school children. Collaborative training programs such as these provide the transfer of information, skill development, and capacity building which is vitally important for research and conservation and successful long-term collaboration. Supported in part by: IPS, ASP, Woodland Park Zoo, One Earth Institute, and NIH Grant RR-00166.