Abstract # 117:

Scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 09:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 11 (Regency East #3) Symposium


Second Annual Session Highlighting ASP-Sponsored Conservation Projects

J. Wallis
ABTI-American University of Nigeria, Lamido Zubairu Way, Yola Township By-Pass, PMB 2250, Yola, Nigeria
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     The American Society of Primatologists’ Conservation Committee awards annual grants from the ASP Conservation Fund to support primate conservation projects in source countries. Projects may include basic and applied research, as well as broad-based education programs. This second annual organized session will spotlight five former grant recipients who will share the results of their ASP-sponsored work: William Helenbrook will discuss recent advances in DNA analyses of the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) and mandrill (M. sphinx), using microsatellite amplification from fecal samples; Abigail Derby will describe the effect of hunting on primates living in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park; Tyler Weldon will provide results of her work with elementary school children in Uganda, specifically addressing the human-wildlife conflict seen in forest fragment-dwelling chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii); Sarah Boyle will present an update on the effects of forest fragmentation on Brazil’s bearded saki (Chiropotes sagulatus); and Erik Patel will describe the silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus) conservation education program in northeastern Madagascar. These important projects are representative of the ASP’s ongoing commitment to supporting the protection of wild primates and their habitats.