Exploring primate conservation!

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There is so much we can learn by studying other primates. Visit the eSkeleton website at and do some comparative anatomy. The link will take you to the taxon page – click any of the skeletons to see additional specifics. Using the taxons links and the tabs (at the top of the page) for “comparative anatomy” and “taxonomic tree” select a primate or two to explore. Tell the class what you found most remarkable about these specimens as a result of your inquiry. Be specific in your details and elaborate on your findings.

Comparative Anatomy
http://www.eskeletons.org/ (Links to an external site.)

While we can observe primates in zoo environments, it is not the same as in the natural world – neither is the social behavior. In order to observe primate behavior, visit the following sites and view the brief video clips of chimpanzee behavior.

Chimpanzee Behavior
(http://www.emory.edu/LIVING_LINKS/media/video.shtml (Links to an external site.))

Primate Vocalizations
(http://www.emory.edu/LIVING_LINKS/media/audio.shtml (Links to an external site.))

The more we learn about nonhuman primates, the better we understand our own species and potentially, our ancient ancestry. There are serious threats to the survival of most free-ranging nonhuman primate populations. Certainly within our lifetime, several primate species will become extinct in the wild. Go online to The Jane Goodall Institute and follow the link to “chimpanzee central.” Click the link for chimpanzee conservation and read about the threats facing wild chimpanzees.

Jane Goodall Institute
(http://www.janegoodall.org (Links to an external site.))

While you’re at the Jane Goodall Institute, click on the “programs” tab at the top of the page to look at the “Roots and Shoots” and “African” programs. After evaluating the issues of education and conservation detailed on the site, briefly describe the most salient actions that can be taken to reduce serious risk to endangered non-human primates. You’re welcome to include pertinent experience and other efforts to the discussion. Try to share information that helps to promote dialogue – don’t just re-hash the same content.


  1. Share the results of your comparative anatomical study AND post an idea for an effective approach to protecting endangered primates. (15 points)
  2. Your post should be a minimum of 250+ words. (5 points)
  3. Cite resources used. (5 points)

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