Abstract # 2594 Event # 2:

Scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2009 08:00 AM-11:00 AM: (Ventana Room) Workshop


C. W. Kuhar1, F. L. Dolins2 and T. L. Bettinger3
1Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, USA, 2University of Winchester, 3Disney's Animal Kingdom

The benefit of incorporating local people into primate conservation programs in habitat countries is inarguable. There are, however, many challenges that arise during the course of developing and implementing conservation programs that involve local inhabitants. One of these challenges is the fact that many conservation professionals are educated in primatology with little formal training in capacity building, conservation education, or human program evaluation. As a result, conservation professionals are forced to balance their research goals while trying to identify effective strategies that involve local people in conservation efforts. Based on a growing interest amongst ASP and IPS members in sharing experiences and identifying a network of resources for conservation education and program evaluation, we propose a conservation education workshop where best practices and capacity building can be discussed, and successful models examined. In this pre-conference workshop, information and experiences with conservation program goal selection, the development of curricula and key messages for education programs, capacity building strategies, and evaluation techniques and goal-setting will be presented. These topics will be framed within specific conservation education programs in-situ with an emphasis on designing and evaluating the specifics of individual programs.