Future projects

We are planning on developing other pieces about different conservation issues and types of primate. These are a few that we have in various stages of development, if you have any ideas email them to us! If your conservation charity is looking for a new way to spread the message about a particular issue or species then check out our collaborators page.

Bonobos and biases in interpretation (Sixth form) - In development

Bonobos are part of the same family as chimpanzees. They are very gentle and have a 'free love' attitude to mating. They enjoy making love for pleasure as well as reproduction. There are tribal stories about bonobos where the local people consider them to be the same as humans (which they are really!). When they were first filmed by National Geographic thecamer crew turned off the cameras when any individual displayed a sexual activity and thus did not get very much footage. How do our own values affect what we observe in other species and humans? How can we ensure that we do not bias our own research? If we had discovered bonobos before chimpanzees would we perceive ourselve differently? For more information on the hippy-ape visit the Bonobo Conservation Initiative website.

Slow lorises and the paradox of publicity and desirability (Families) - In development

Slow lorises are found in South East Asia. They are the world's only venmous primate and they are at risk of extinction due to the high level of wild-extraction to feed the pet trade and traditional medicine trade. Despite little being known about them, when people have encountered them they have found them charming and irresistible. This is one of the reasons so many people want to have them as pets and things like Youtube have allowed people to see cute videos of them further inflaming demand. They have a bite that can cause severe damage to a human or another pet and yet people still want to keep them. To read more see the Little Fireface project.

Lemurs and humans in conflict with nature (Years 5 & 6)

All over the world, where primates exist they are in conflict with humans. In some places they are eaten or killed as pests. Melanie Seiler, 2010In others their habitats are being destroyed or occupied by humans. They are used in medicines and captured as pets. Some species can survive because there are other habitats and great numbers of the species so they can live somewhere else. In Madagascar there are habitats that are being destroyed like the bamboo around Lac Alaotra. Urgent action is required to save this habitat and hundreds like it for primates and other animals and plants across the world. For more information about Madagascar and lemurs see Azafady.

Vervets and proactive conservation (Year 8 & 9)

Aoife Healy, 2010Everyone knows about the great apes like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans and there is a lot of money and energy put into conserving them. But far fewer people outside of Africa know about vervets. These monkeys are classified as Least Concern by the IUCN and as such it is very difficult to find money or volunteers to help save them.

They are considered to be pests across sub-Saharan Africa where they are found and in places are killed. If they continue to be treated in this way they will become endangered and already there are reported lower numbers of them in many different countries. Proactive conservation does not dismiss a 'common' species and wait for it to become endangered before trying to help. For more information on vervets and proactive conservation see Vervet.org

Black crested Sulawesi macaques and bushmeat trade (Indonesian families)

Sulawesi macaques are threatened by major loss of habitat and they are intensively hunted for bushmeat. They are one of the IUCN's Top 25 Most Endangered Primates like the Roloway monkey. There has been a large decline in the forest of their home in North Sulawesi and the local people hunt them for food. We would like to develop a piece with Selamatkan Yaki a charity based in North Sulawesi trying to use environmental education to encourage the local people to take pride in their wildlife and make them aware of the situation to hopefully decrease the speed of the hunting of them for bushmeat.

Hainan gibbons and population control (Year 10 or 11)

Endemic primates are only found in one place, which means they are of high conservation status since they are rare and easy to lose. China has several species of endemic primate. They also have a very large human population and they consume a lot of wildlife in terms of traditional medicines, pets and foods, including primates. As the population grows and spreads primates like Hainan gibbons are at risk of becoming extinct.

 

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