Educational Resources About Primates On The Web

The links provided here serve as a source of materials for educators in formal and informal settings. The first section contains links to activities that are ready to use. The second section contains links to web sites focused on primates that provide information for developing educational activities. The third section contains links to sites for conservation organizations or sites that provide activities for biodiversity education, not specific to primates.

You may also want to check the resources available from the American Society for Primatology

I. Educational activities

II. General information

  1. Species 2000 – Biodiversity Index:  Species 2000 has the objective of enumerating all known species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes on Earth as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity. It will also provide a simple access point enabling users to link from here to other data systems for all groups of organisms, using direct species-links. Users worldwide will be able to verify the scientific name, status and classification of any known species via the Species Locator, which provides access to species checklist data drawn from an array of participating databases.
  2. Conservation International:  Listing and accounts of the top 25 most endangered primates.
  3. Animal Behavior Society:  Resources for education – teachers and students.
  4. Animal Diversity Web: An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan
  5. Tim Knight Online:  Contains organized links to several primate websites, from images to information.
  6. Duke University Primate Center: Research on prosimian biology, conservation needs and primate evolution are the primary activities of the Duke Primate Center. Because all of the animals at the Center are endangered or threatened species, the Center is committed to non-invasive research on the over 400 living prosimians in its collection. Contains links to information sheets on all species housed at DUPC.
  7. IUCN (World Conservation Union) Primate Specialist Group: Executive Summary to Action Plans available on-line and links to primate newsletters.
  8. Bushmeat Crisis Task Force: A consortium of conservation organizations and scientists dedicated to the conservation of wildlife populations threatened by commercial hunting of wildlife for sale as meat. Organized by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
  9. The Bushmeat Project: Established to develop and support community based partnerships that will help the people of Cameroon, the Congos, Gabon, Nigeria, and Central African Republic to develop alternatives to unsustainable bushmeat.
  10. Ape Alliance: The Ape Alliance is an international coalition of organisations and individuals, working for the conservation and welfare of apes. Includes the Bushmeat Working Group, Orangutan Working Group, Apes & Entertainment Working Group, DRC Parks Emergency Relief Working Group, Biomedical Working Group, Sanctuaries Working Group.
  11. Species Survival Plan Search:  There are 16 primate SSPs, however only four describe any education initiatives. They are Colobus monkey, Cotton-top Tamarin, Francois’ Langur, Golden Lion Tamarin.  All SSPs provide a fact sheet or an activity report.
  12. Gibbon Research Lab and Gibbon Network: The website of Thomas Geissmann’s Gibbon Research Lab offers an introduction to the natural history of the gibbons or small apes, a review of gibbon systematics and gibbon singing behavior, a photo and sound gallery of all gibbon species, news and complete research articles on various aspects of gibbon biology. The Gibbon Network is a companion site to the Gibbon Research Lab and serves to connect people interested in gibbon conservation and reseach. It offers a list of field sites in Southeast Asia specializing in gibbon research and reintroduction, information on gibbon studbooks, a list of the most recent publications on gibbons, and a gibbon news page.

III. Environmental Education

  1. National Association of Environmental Educators – EE Link:
  2. North American Association for Environmental Education:
  3. Pan African Conservation Education:
  4. Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners:
  5. USFWS:
  6. Wildlife Conservation Society education resources:
  7. International Zoo Educators Association:  IZE is an association dedicated to expanding the educational impact on zoos and aquariums worldwide. Its dual mission is to improve the education programs in the facilities of its members and to provide access to the latest thinking, techniques, and information in conservation education.
  8. National Science Teachers Association: NSTA maintains a content-rich website that provides classroom resources, news and information, and opportunities for educators to connect with one another.
  9. Roots & Shoots – Jane Goodall Institute:  Members plan and participate in activities and service projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community. The program encourages youth to take action in their local communities and make a difference in the world around them. There are more than 1,400 groups in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries.

Last Updated 05/28/10