Abstract # 4530 Poster # 168:

Scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 21 (SG Foyer ABC) Poster Presentation


TRAINING IN PRIMATOLOGY: INCREASING PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY OF YOUNG PRIMATOLOGISTS IN ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA AND MADAGASCAR

C. L. Tan1, M. Talebi2, J. H. Ratsimbazafy3, S. Atsalis1,4 and L. J. Miller1
1San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Escondido, CA 92027, USA, 2Federal University of Sao Paulo, 3Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, 4Northeastern Illinois University
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     Globally, close to 50% of primate taxa are at high risk of extinction in the wild. Addressing this crisis will require well trained habitat-country primatologists who can make scientifically-based decisions that lead to long term sustainability of primate populations. A paucity of qualified, in-country individuals trained in primatology is one of the biggest constraints to achieving sound scientific and conservation objectives. Here, we highlight the training programs that we have implemented in three geographic regions – Asia, South America and Madagascar. The goal of these programs is to provide early career primatologists with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to conduct research studies and tackle the conservation issues in their home countries. Additionally through individual mentorship, we help foster their leadership abilities, expand their professional networks, and propel their careers forward. Many of our trainees have already made significant progress toward conserving primate species throughout these regions and advancing their professional goals. As human populations continue to increase, there is a critical need to strengthen the technical competency of individuals in country who aspire to address the conservation challenges ahead. It is through helping and inspiring these young primatologists, and through their dedication and understanding of the multifaceted sociocultural and political issues in their home countries that we may be able to conserve primate species well into the future.