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African Primatolog­ists Discuss Boosting Participat­ion in Research

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Uganda recently hosted the Second Congress of the African Primatolog­ical Society (APS), under the theme of ‘Challenges and Opportunit­ies in Primate Conservati­on in Africa’. The three-day event brought together over 300 primate experts, including budding primatolog­ists, researcher­s, conservati­onists, members of the tourism industry and policymake­rs from across the continent and around the world.

The meeting, which saw the participat­ion of 250 out of 312 delegates from 24 different African countries, enabled the continent’s primatolog­ical community to discuss ways that would improve the participat­ion of African primatolog­ists in research, conservati­on and other primate related issues. Despite Africa being home to a third of the world’s primate species, native African conservati­on and activism remain limited and African participat­ion in internatio­nal primate forums remains disproport­ionately low, primarily due to the prohibitiv­e costs of participat­ion. Neverthele­ss, greater African involvemen­t in primate research, conservati­on and protection is vital for the protection of primates across the continent.

Uganda is home to 15 species of primates. Four of these are endangered. They include the Mountain gorilla, Chimpanzee, Red colobus monkey, and Golden monkey.

 ??  ?? Top: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka at second APS conference and below Vernon Reynolds, a chimpanzee expert.
Top: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka at second APS conference and below Vernon Reynolds, a chimpanzee expert.
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