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October 2020

Terrible fires in Argentina devastate howler monkey research area

Terrible fires in Corrientes, Argentinan, devastate Sann Cayetano Provincial Park leaving over half the howler monkeys at Estación Biológica Corrientes unaccounted for, read more here...

New International Center of Biodiversity and Primate Conservation in China

The new ICBPC is housed at Dali University, Yunnan Province, and run through Dali University (Wen Xiao, Professor and Director of Institute of Eastern-Himalaya Biodiversity Research) and Northwest University (Baoguo Li, Professor and President of the Chinese Primatological Society). The ICBPC aims to work with regional and home-country scientists, conservation organizations, government officials, the media, educators, and the public to preserve, protect, and restore natural habitats and threatened wild animals and plants. All proposed conservation-related projects and actions, and financial management of the Center are reviewed by the Executive Committee, which consists of a highly respected board of international conservation scientists and experts from the USA (Paul Garber, Colin Chapman, and Karen Strier), the UK (Samuel Turvey), Australia (Cyril Grueter, Charles Oxnard, and Ruliang Pan), Brazil (Júlio César Bicca-Marques), Mexico (Alejandro Estrada), and China (Simba Zhou). More information about the Center's administration, projects, and unique membership opportunities can be found at their website here...

The IJP seeks to appoint a new Associate Editor

The International Journal of Primatology is the official journal of the International Primatological Society. It is a multidisciplinary forum devoted to the dissemination of current research in fundamental Primatology. You can find more information about the journal here:

We provide detailed Instructions for Authors and Guidelines for Reviewers (see the journal homepage). 

Associate Editors invite reviews, request revisions, assess revised manuscripts and make a recommendation concerning acceptance or rejection to me. I take all final decisions, as Editor-in-Chief. Associate Editors are responsible for approximately one new manuscript per month. Due to revisions and resubmissions this means that they handle several manuscripts at a time.

Further duties are similar to those of the Editorial Board: 

- acting as ambassadors for the journal

- supporting and promoting the journal

- seeking out the best authors and best work and actively encouraging submissions

- attending and contributing to occasional editorial board meetings and email discussions

Associate Editors receive a small annual honorarium from the publisher. The role is appropriate for an Early Career academic, at post-doctoral level or in their first permanent post.

In recruiting new Associate Editors, we hope to complement the profile of the existing Associate Editors in terms of theoretical expertise and taxonomic specialism. We also aim to reflect the international nature of the journal. We strongly encourage applications from individuals from groups that are underrepresented in science.

If you are interested in this role, please send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a cover letter to the Editor-In-Chief, Prof Jo Setchell (, explaining why you consider yourself a good candidate for the role. Please include your experience reviewing and editing manuscripts. Editing experience is not essential, as this is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills in this area.

If you’re not sure that you would be an appropriate candidate, please email Jo to ask. If you know an appropriate candidate, please pass on this invitation and encourage them to apply.


September 2020

Covid Chronicals: New IPS series on the impact of Covid on primates and primatologists

Primatologists from around the world have been contributing to a series of IPS short reports on “The Status of Primates, Primatologists, & Primatological Research & Conservation during COVID-19” Follow along on twitter or facebook #IPSCovidChronicals & please share these stories. Our first reports come from the African Primatological Society President Prof. Inza Koné can be read here... and Dr Steve Ross, Director of the Lester Fisher Centre fot the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo can be read here...

Special issue on primate ageing in Phil Trans B

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue from Philosophical Transactions B entitled - Evolution of the primate ageing process - compiled and edited by Melissa Emery Thompson, Alexandra G Rosati and Noah Snyder-Mackler and the articles can be accessed directly here...

Brazilian Insituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade compiles Covid19 recommendations for conservation areas

IPS has endorsed the Brazilian Instituo Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade's recommendations for mitigating Covid19 impacts on conservation areas that include tourism and research. More information and a full copy of the guidelines are available on their website here..

Survey on the impact of linear infrastructure on primates and conservation.

Got <5min to help primate conservation? Check out this survey here...


August 2020

Primate Info Net is back!

Bigger, better, and more full of primates than ever : Primate Info Net is back online.. 

Message from IPS President Prof. Karen Strier

On what would have been the opening receiption for IPS2020 in Quito, IPS President Prof. Karen Strier sends a message and update. Take care everyone and see you soon at IPS2021!

Strier-IPS Pres email-16aug2020.pdf

ASP Best Practices for Field Primatology in the Age of COVID-19

New American Society of Primatologists has issued a new Conservation Action Newsletter focused on best practices for field primatology under the Covid-19 epidemic - available here...


July 2020

New Mouse Lemur

A new species of mouse lemur, named for incoming IPS President Prof Jonah Ratsimbazafy, has been described : Ecolgy and morphology of mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) in a hotspot of microendemism in northeastern Madagscar, with the description of new species.

New Edition of the ASP Conservation Action Network Newsletter

This edition focuses on conservation threats to wild orang-utans and is available here...

Felicidades to the Red Boliviana de Primatología!

The Bolivian Primatological Network celebrated its 2-year anniversary on the 12th July! Click here for more info..

Special Issue of Phil Trans B - Ritual renaissance: new insights into the most human of behaviours

New special issue from Philosophical Transactions B - Ritual renaissance: new insights into the most human of behaviours compiled and edited by Cristine H Legare and Mark G Nielsen. The articles can currently be accessed free on line here...

IUCN Red List update

The new IUCN Red List update includes completed African primate reassessment and highlights that over a third of all lemur species are now Critically Endangered, more here...

New IUCN advisory on COVID-19 and great apes

A new advisory for conservation teams working within great ape habitat during the Covid-19 pandemic has been produced by the Section on Great Apes, IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group and is available in English here: COVID-19_Advisory_for_conservation_field_teams.pdf and in French here: COVID-19_Avis_aux_quipes_de_conservation.pdf


June 2020

Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Western Chimpanzees now published

The Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Western Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) 2020-2030 is now published and available on the IUCN Primate Specilalist Group website in English and French here...

Annonce de la publication du Plan d'action régional pour la conservation des chimpanzés de l'Ouest (Pan troglodytes verus) 2020-2030 en français et en anglais, vous pouvez accéder au pdf sur le site du IUCN GSP ici...

Survey of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on field studies and field-sites

You can contribute to a survey of how Covid-19 has impacted research plans and daily field operations here..

Survey to better understand primate-community based conservation

The Working Group "Primate community-based conservation' from the French-speaking Society of Primatology (SFDP) is conducting a survey to better understand what 'primate community-based conservation', is according to the conservation actors, and also to identify projects taking that approach. A short 5min survey is available here in English, French, Spanish...

Latest Action Letters from ASP-CAN available

The latest action letters from the American Society for Primatology Conservation Action Network are now available here.. and here...

Webinar: Cercopithecines, People & Covid-19

On the 15th June at 2pm GMT, organised by the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section for HUman Primate Interactions. Speakers include: Thomas Gillespie, Lauren Gilhooy, Malene Friss Hansen, Ventir Angelia Nawangsari, Tanvir Ahmed, Sian Waters, and Magdalena Bermjo. Click here for full details...

IJOP Editors recognised for Editorial Excellence

The Editors of the International Journal of Primatology, the IPS affiliated journal, were recognised by Springer for their contribution to editorial excellence, with IJOP performing in the top 10% of qualifying journals based on feedback from contributing authors.

IPS Officers Statement on Discrimination and Racism

The officers of the IPS are committed to diversity and equity in primatology and condemn all forms of prejudice and discrimination. We recognise that we have substantial work to do to address the systemic racism that Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour primatologists face as our colleagues, students, and educators; as well as the impact our field has on BIPOC communities around the world, including where our work was built on a foundation of colonialism.

One step in our ongoing commitment to addressing inequality in the creation of the new position of Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which IPS members approved in our constitution and by-laws revisions in 2019 and who will take office at our next Congress in 2021. We look forward to the work we have to do.


May 2020

Welcome Red Bol Prim!

The International Primatological Society is delighted to welcome its newest affiliate member, Red Boliviana de Primatología, the Bolivian Primatology Network! 

New IUCN guidelines for extractive industry personnel working in great ape habitats

While they strongly advise all operations to be suspended, where this is impossible they provide detailed guidelines, including instructions for basic mask making. Click here for full details in English and French...


April 2020

Two primatologists among the Whitley Fund for Nature 2020 awardees

Considered the 'Nobel' for conservation, the Whitley Fund for Nature recognises extraordinary achievements in the field of conservation. Every awardee is doing incredible work but the IPS would particularly like to congratulate and thank Rachel Ikemeh for her work with chimpanzees in Nigeria and Gabriela Rezende for her work with black lion tamarins in Brazil.

Undergraduates in Conservation Biology set up petition to Animal Planet following show that portrays primates as pets

Undergraduates in a Conservation Biology class in Brazil have set up a petition to Animal Planet to ask them to stop broadcasting and advertising their show Preposterous Pets, which portrays wild animals - including primate species - as pets. You can sign, share, and read more about it here...


IPS signs Global Wildlife Conservation initiative to #EndTheTrade


The IPS has offered its support for the Global Wildlife Conservation initiative, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Wild Aid, to end the commercial trade and sale in markets of wild mammals and birds for consumption. More on their campaign and petition here... 


IPS/SLAPrim Congress 2020 postponed t0 2021

Message from the President:


I hope that this message finds everyone well, despite the pandemic conditions that challenge us all.


I am writing in my capacity as President of IPS, but on behalf of the IPS and SLAPrim officers and the chair of the local organizing committee, regarding our decision to postpone the 2020 IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting by a full year.  The original Joint Meeting was scheduled to be held in Quito, Ecuador on August 16-22, 2020, but we need to reschedule this for a year later, to August 15-21, 2021.  In addition, in consultation and with agreement from the hosts of the upcoming Malaysia Congress, we would then move the IPS Malaysia Congress to be 2 years later, in 2023 (instead of its current schedule of 2022), thereby retaining our 2-year interval between IPS Congresses by shifting them from even to odd years thereafter.  Retaining this 2-year interval is important because of the financial implications for IPS.  We ask you for your understanding and your support of this plan.


Please believe me when I say that we reached this decision after extensive discussion and consideration of all feasible alternatives, taking into account the availability of the venue in Quito, financial costs to IPS, and the feasibility of scheduling related events such as IPS/SLAPrim pre- and post-congress training programs.  As you know, the spread and ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have imposed constraints on travel worldwide and have taxed local health services. Even the most optimistic scenarios are projecting travel constraints that extend beyond the scheduled August 2020 meeting date and in some scenarios, through 2020 or beyond.  By postponing the Joint Meeting by one full year, to August 15-21, 2021, we hope to minimize health risks to joint meeting participants and our hosts alike, while also maximizing joint meeting participation.


Our local organizing committee chair, Stella de la Torre, has been able to confirm the availability of our venue in Quito for these new dates.  Moreover, the three hotels that had offered discounted rates have kindly agreed to roll-over all reservations at the same discounted rates for the next dates.  People holding reservations at these hotels would just need to request that their reservations are kept for August 2021. If you have reserved a room at another hotel, please contact them to explain the situation and ask if they will provide you the same roll-over service.


All registrations that were paid to IPS for the Joint Meeting will remain active and will also roll-over, with no added costs for the rescheduled Joint Meeting in 2021. Accepted abstracts will remain “accepted” as long as the associated registration remains active, and there will be an opportunity in early 2021 for anyone with an active registration to make updates to accepted abstracts if they wish to do so.  We will also open a “second-chance” registration period for anyone who is not currently registered but would like to register and submit a new abstract at the regular rate for the rescheduled Joint Meeting in August 2021.


We really hope that everyone who has already registered will be able to participate on the new, postponed dates. But we understand that may not be possible for everyone, and if you are unable to participate, you may request a refund of your registration by contacting IPS Treasurer Trudy Turner at by May 10. Note that if you request a registration refund, you will need to re-register and re-submit your abstract(s) for re-review by the “second-chance” deadline. So, if you are planning to attend the Joint Meeting, please do leave your registration (and abstract) active.


Leaving your registration active for the Joint Meeting of IPS/SLAPrim now scheduled for August 15-21, 2021, will help IPS to continue to support its grant programs across the research, conservation, captive care, and education activities in which we engage.


We have already been in contact with the IPS Council members, who represent our affiliated national and regional primatology societies. We hope that by making this decision far enough in advance we will minimize any scheduling or re-scheduling conflicts with other upcoming meetings. Moreover, we hope that by alerting everyone to this plan, the IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting can be something to look forward to, instead of another source of stress during these challenging times.


We will be posting reminders about rolling-over your hotel reservations and about the timing for new registration and abstract submissions in the coming weeks. Please check the IPS/SLAPrim Joint Meeting websites and social media for details.


Please, stay well, and thank you in advance for your understanding and support of IPS. On behalf of all of the IPS and SLAPrim officers, we look forward to seeing everyone in Quito next year.


Yours sincerely, Karen B. Strier       President, IPS


March 2020

IPS joins Brazilian primatologists in statement on coronavirus and primates

IPS has co-signed a statement by Brazilian primatologists about the risks to primates of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigation measures to provide protection for them. The full statement is available here:

Comunicado sobre primatas, COVID-19 E A SARS-CoV-2 Orientaões para profissionais que lidam com primata não-humanos em cativeiro ou vida livre



Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [25th March]

On behalf of the IPS and SLAPrim officers, I would like to assure everyone that we are continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for the upcoming joint IPS/SLAPrim Congress scheduled for Quito in August. We plan to wait until April 20th to determine whether we will need to postpone the meeting to a later date. We realise that this adds one more uncertainty to all of the others we are now facing, but by waiting a bit longer we hope to be able to make a more informed decision about our Congress plans. Please check here or our social media pages for further updates. We will also send an email.


Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [15th March]

As we navigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to call attention to the importance of primatologists to consider the ethics and risks that now raise additional challenges on top of the ones we always face. Extra health considerations are relevant in both field and captive settings, to protect both the primates we are studying and the people with whom we work, especially during these times of increased risk. We will be posting further news and links soon.

Version française ici...   Versão em português aqui...  Versión en español aquí...

links and other resources are available here...


A Joint Statement of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes [Mar 15th]

The purpose of this document is to update great ape site managers, researchers, tourism operators and others of the potential risk posed by a coronavirus now called SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes in humans (COVID-19). The document is available here.. Final - SARS CoV-2 and Great Apes Joint Communique 16-05-20.pdf


*NEW Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus* Mar 12th 2020

Dear IPS members,


On behalf of the officers, I want you to know that we are following all of the new safety measures and travel restrictions that are being instituted in many of our countries, including those in Ecuador. We can expect things to get worse before they get better, but our August meeting is still far enough into the future that we can evaluate the alternatives in the event that we need to postpone the meeting. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and we will continue to post updates. Please, everyone, stay well! Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS announces the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards

We are delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards are, in alphabetical order: Prof. Ramesh (Zimbo) Boonratana; Dr. Liliana Cortes-Ortiz; Dr. Leandro Jerusalinsky, and Prof. Inza Koné.


Extended Funding Opportunitie.. new deadlines 4th April

See the Awards pages for information on further opportunities to apply for the Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award, and the Galante Family Winery Conservation Scholarship...


Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus

I write on behalf of the IPS officers, in response to the concerns about whether the coronavirus will impact the upcoming IPS meeting in Quito. We want everyone to know that we are monitoring the situation, and we will follow national and international (e.g. CDC and World Health Organisation) guidelines. At present, we are moving forward with the scheduled plan. 

Best wishes, Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS Election Results now in!

Thank you for participating in the 2020 IPS Election. The results are as follows:

Jonah Ratsimbazafy (Madagascar) is elected President 2020-20204

Susana Carvalho (UK) is elected Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2020-2024

Steve Ross (USA) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Captive Care 2020-2024

Cat Hobaiter (UK) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Communications 2020-2024

Patricia Izar (Brazil) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Education 2020-2024

As per IPS by-laws the vote count is available here: IPS_2020_VoteCount.jpg


February 2020

IPS Elections

The 2020 elections for IPS officers are now OPEN.   Please login through the member portal (see link in top left corner of this page) for information on the candidates and your ballot to vote. The election will only remain open until February 23 so VOTE  NOW.


Conference notification: Play and the Evolution of Creative Societies

Come to pituresque Erice, Sicily Italy for this new workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to explore how play improves the adaptability of brain and behavior and how it can produce cultural and evolutionary variability. Talks by internationally renowned scientists will explore the many different approaches that have deepened our understanding of this enigmatic behavior. This will include cross-species comparisons, phylogenetic and mathematical modeling, developmental changes and clinical and psychological approaches.  Registration ends February 21 or contact Dr. Gordon Burkhardt for more information:


IPS Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

The IPS Awards Committee is delighted to announce the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Prof. Vernon Reynolds.   

A new award this year is the Outstanding Achievement Award and the inaugural recipient of this award is Dr. Russell Mittermeier

Congratulations to both recipients for their outstanding contributions to the field of primatology! Both will be honoured at the 2020 IPS Congress in Quito.


December 2019

Call for Nominations - Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award - Deadline extended to 15th January.

The deadline for submitting your nominations has been extended from the 10th to the 15th January. More info on how to submit below.


Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world's primates

New article written by primatologists Alejandro Estrada and Paul Garber for Mongabay:


Call for Nominations : Invita sus Nominaciones

The IPS Awards Committee invites your nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the new Outstanding Achievement Award to be presented at the Joint Meeting of the International Primatological Society and the Latin American Society of Primatologists in Quito, Ecuador, 16-22 August 2020.

1)  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a member of IPS for exceptional career contributions to research, conservation, education, and/or captive care and breeding of nonhuman primates, with attention to efforts with enduring international scope (in keeping with the international scope of our society).

The first Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Hilary Box at the Torino Congress in 2004, and subsequent awards have been made to Dr. Tom Struhsaker in 2006, Dr. Toshisada Nishida in 2008, Dr. Allison Jolly in 2010, Dr. John Oates in 2012, Dr. Jeanne Altmann in 2014, Dr. Jane Goodall in 2016, and Dr. Clifford Jolly and Dr. Colin Groves (posthumous) in 2018. Current members of the IPS Council are not eligible for consideration for this award during their term in office. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee, chaired by IPS President Karen Strier, and ratified by the IPS Officers. The recipient will be notified by February 2020 and invited to attend the 2020 Congress in Quito to receive the award and to give a plenary address.

2)  The Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented for the first time in 2020, at the Quito meeting. It was created in recognition of the growth of primatology and of the increasing numbers of primatologists whose unique contributions have made a significant impact and merit international recognition. It can be awarde

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