Abstract # 81:

Scheduled for Sunday, September 14, 2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM: Session 13 (Decatur A) Symposium


J. J. Smith
York University, 4700 Keele Street, Behavioral Science Building Rm 101, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, USA
     Discussion of the human-primate interface has often focused on the major problem of human-primate conflict (e.g., competition for space, resources). Consideration of other aspects of this interface is leading to the recognition that managing human-primate interconnections is about more than competition and conflict. The human-primate interface spans all contexts in which humans and nonhuman primates come together and can potentially interact, including settings in which humans and free-ranging primates co-exist peacefully, captive primate research laboratories, zoos, sanctuaries, rehabilitation and projects. Human-primate interactions and their outcomes differ across these contexts. This symposium brings together speakers from diverse disciplines, research areas, and settings to help develop a broader view of the human-primate interface, especially the qualities of human-primate interactions and their costs and benefits for the primates and humans involved. Speakers will discuss the qualities, roles, and implications of human-primate interactions for free-living primates in range countries (Anne Russon) and captive primates in zoos (Joshua Smith), research settings (Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kim Bard, Kate Baker), and sanctuaries (Sarah Baeckler Davis). Symposium aims include: 1) broadening understanding of the human-primate interface by bringing together experts from disciplines and areas that do not typically overlap or communicate, 2) highlighting the nature and quality of human-primate interactions appropriate for each context, and 3) stimulating discussion and debate that may inform and improve primate conservation, research, welfare.