Abstract # 104:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014 01:30 PM-01:45 PM: Session 16 (Decatur A) Oral Presentation


CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION BETWEEN HUMAN AND NONHUMAN PRIMATES: ONLINE SURVEY RESULTS

M. Baker1, P. Pebsworth 2 and S. Radhakrishna3
1Rhode Island College, Anthropology Department, Providence, RI 02908-1991, USA, 2University of Texas, San Antonio , 3National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
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     In the “Sharing Spaces” symposium held at the 2012 International Primatological Society’s meetings held in Cancun Mexico, it was noted that there was a paucity of published information on effective management of conflict between human and nonhuman primates. All members of the American Society of Primatologists were invited via email to complete the survey. The online survey focused on identifying the species, typical conflict patterns, direct and indirect interventions undertaken and the effectiveness of such interventions in three key areas where nonhuman primates are found: Urban Areas, Rural or Agricultural Areas and/or Protected Areas. 192 people began the survey, 95 finished most or all of it. There were clear differences in the species identified and kinds of conflict occurring in each of the three areas. Both nonhuman primates and humans were identified as being the source of conflict. There were also clear patterns about which interventions work the best as well as which people are the most willing and able to work on conflict resolution between human and nonhuman primates. While most respondents had strong opinions about what does and does not work, few had systematically studied interventions. There were surprisingly few respondents for several well-studied species including the great apes.