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Primate Conservation

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Primate Conservation ANTH 10300 01

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Primate conservation was discussed on April 8th. May be apart of Midterm 3 definitely a great topic for extra credit reaction paper.
Biological Anthropology
Professor Corewyn
Class Notes
biological anthropology, ithaca, primates, Biology, conservation, Culture, sociality, social, behavior, Awareness




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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aria Notetaker on Saturday April 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ANTH 10300 01 at Ithaca College taught by Professor Corewyn in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 29 views. For similar materials see Biological Anthropology in Biological Sciences at Ithaca College.


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Date Created: 04/09/16
Primate Conservation  Endangered Primates:  ● Over half of all living primates are endangered  ● There are Different levels of being endangered  ● Complex issues of why animals are endangered : colonial, logging of forest, needs of  people    Three main reasons:  a. Habitat destruction  b. Hunting for food  c. Live capture for export or local trade     Habitat Destruction:  B/n 1980­1995 (only 15 years)  ● 10% forests in Africa and Latin America lost  ● 6% forests in Asia were lost   Tropical deforestation rates: 125,000 sq km every year (state of Mississippi)  5­6 million ha (1 ha = 2.5 acres) logged each year.       Problems:   No easy solution  Bottomline: human population growth ­ the demands that we need  Only was to Reduce human population is through a large scale event that kills of many people  Human population increase so is the demand  for agricultural land.   ­ Subsistence farming  ­ Large­scale agriculture  ­ Cattle ranching    *Golden lion tamarins​  ­ located at Syracuse Zoo & Not many are around.     New Problems:  ­ Wildlife  ­ Result of human activity  ­ Orangutan population in Indonesia   ­ Armed conflict in politically unstable areas  *Palm Oil  ­ Largely grown in SE Asia   ­ Tropical forests wiped out in order to plant palm oil trees  ­ animals are burnt and beat to death  ­ Almost impossible to buy products without palm oil  ­ Palm oil can be seen in food, soap, and beauty products    Hunting of Primates:  Indigenous people hunting for food  High society cultures see this as a delicacy   Serious problem in West Africa   Bush Meat Trade ­ meat from wild animals   Complex:  feeding a large trade  Largest illegal trade only rival is the international drug trade  Estimate that thousands of primates are killed and sold for meat every year.     Primates are also killed for commercial products (ex : ash trays, coffee table)    Bushmeat Crisis:  ● Wild animal meat hunted for commercial sale  ● Illegal hunting methods  ● Killing of protected, threatened, or endangered species  ● More endangered ­ more expensive  ● Tresspassing  ● Unsustainable  ● Rural communities that depend on sustainable   ○ Hunting ­ they loose their resources  ○ Body parts for food, medicines, pets, trophies, and decorations  ● $6­$20 billion annually     Bushmeat in Africa:   ● Millions of tons illegal bushmeat  ● Monkeys the 3rd most common animal for sale    Bushmeat and Primates  In 15 to 50 years in Africa these primates will be gone    Mountain gorilla slaughtered in DC  ­ Making  a statement   ­ “Were i n charge” ­ dont mess with us or this is what will do  *Gorilla fi ­ highly recommended *       Capture and Trade of Live Primates  CITES ban has helped ­ banning trade or heavily controlling it  Pet trade continues  ­ For each baby captured, several adults are killed  Most babies die ­ die of a broken heart  ● Stress  ● Psychological  ● Traumatize  ● Injuries  ● Poor diet  ● Inadequate housing    Primates are NOT pets    What should we do?  ● AWARENESS:   ● Enforce laws ­ easy to say, not easy to do  ● Strict border controls  ● Extend parks  ● Education and public awareness ­ spread the word!  ● Donate conservation organization  ● Report to authorities     Helpful websites: ­great for a reaction paper, see powerpoint on primate  conservation     Interesting to research “trophy hunting controversial argument”   


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