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status of south asian primatesStatus of South Asian Primates

Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (C.A.M.P.) Workshop Report, 2003


Sanjay Molur,
Douglas Brandon-Jones,
Wolfgang Dittus,
Ardith Eudey,
Ajith Kumar,
Mewa Singh,
M. M. Feeroz,
Mukesh Chalise,
Padma Priya &
Sally Walker (Editors)

Published by Zoo Outreach Organisation/Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, South Asia, PB 1683, 29/1 Bharathi Colony, Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641004, India.



A Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (C.A.M.P.) Workshop for South Asian Non-Human Primates was held from 5-9 March 2002 at the State Forest Service College (SFSC) in Coimbatore, India. More than 50 field biologists from all over South Asia participated along with four Indian zoo personnel. The IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group was well-represented with members from South Asia, UK and USA, including the PSG Vice Chair for Asia. The workshop could take advantage of new information from the Indo-US Primate Project (MoEF/USFWS) in India, the University of Mysore Loris study in southern India and the Primate Biology Programme (Smithsonian Institution) in Sri Lanka and several other smaller projects.

The South Asian Primate C.A.M.P. was endorsed by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme (RBP), Asia and the Indo-US Primate Project. Conservation International, Primate Conservation, Inc., Chester Zoo, North Carolina Zoological Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Toronto Zoo, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and Appenheul Primate Park provided funds for the workshop.

A series of recommendations for research and management of South Asian primates was derived from Taxon Data Sheets filled out by participants in the workshop. Key recommendations for research were taxonomic studies, surveys and life history studies; and for management included habitat management, public education and monitoring. Participants also drew up individual species action plans for nearly all taxa. Special issue working groups were formed on the following subjects: urban monkey problems; funding field studies; education and species conservation action, and conservation breeding.

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