IPS Policy Statements and Guidelines


Direct contact with wild primates can further conservation and research goals and is sometimes needed to remove snares or for medical intervention. The safety and long-term wellbeing of primates that are captured and released back into their natural habitats is a concern for field primatologists. Following a round-table at IPS Chicago 2016, the International Primatological Society created an ad hoc committee to continue to improve methods for the capture and release of primates. The membership of the committee represents expertise in capturing a wide range of taxa and the use of trapping, darting, and hand capture as well as alternatives to capture.

More information on the committee and its goals is available here:

IPS ad hoc committee on making capture safer

If you’re involved in capturing primates, and have a protocol to share, would like to be involved, or would like to know more, please contact the chair. If you capture and release primates, please consider reporting your captures to us. The committee welcomes new members.

Policy Statements