Abstract # 220:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2005 10:30 AM-11:00 AM: Session 16 (Crystal Ballroom) Oral Presentation

Field Course in Primate Conservation Biology at the Huangshan National Reserve, China

R. C. Kyes1 and J. H. Li2
1University of Washington, Department of Psychology and Washington National Primate Research Center, Box 357330, Seattle, WA 98195-7330, USA, 2Anhui University, School of Life Sciences, Hefei 230039, Anhui, China
     One of the greatest challenges facing habitat countries is the long-term management and conservation of their threatened primate populations. Of paramount importance in meeting this challenge is the need for knowledgeable, well-trained regional experts who are capable of conducting effective management and conservation programs. The primary goal of this project was to facilitate basic education and training in Primate Conservation Biology for local university students and reserve staff from the Huangshan National Reserve. The two-week field course was conducted during October 2004 at the Huangshan reserve which is listed as a World Culture and Nature Heritage site and is noted for its population of Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). Twenty-six individuals, including 10 students from Anhui University and 16 reserve staff, participated in the course. The program involved daily lectures (in primatology, conservation biology, field study methods), field exercises (including behavioral data collection and population survey techniques), and participation in a community outreach education program for children at a local elementary school near the reserve. Projects such as this represent an important step in helping concerned individuals obtain the knowledge and skills needed to conduct effective management and conservation programs in their region. We thank the American Society of Primatologists for supporting this project through an ASP Conservation Small Grant. This project also was supported in part by Anhui University and NIH Grant RR-00166.