Passionate about primates? Whether you’re looking to expand your primate knowledge for personal development, work in a zoo or towards a career as a primatologist, this course is ideal for you.
Certificate of Primatology is a professional development course that provides insight into the taxonomy, biology and management of primate animals in captivity and the wild.
In this online primatology course, you will learn about primates’ nutritional, physical and psychological needs. You will also learn about social behaviour and communication, diet, nutrition, exercise, and training and handling techniques.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong understanding of primate care and management in the wild and in captivity.
Unit - Primatology
Unit 1 – Introduction to Primates
Distinguishing characteristics of primates
Taxonomy of primates
New world and old world monkeys
Resources and research
Unit 2 – The Strepsirhines
Families included in Strepsirhini
Family Lorisidae (or Loridae)
Family Galagidae (syn. Galagonidae)
Family Megaladapidae (syn. Lepilemuridae)
Family Indridae (or Indriidae)
Family Palaeopropithecidae (Sloth Lemurs)
Family Archaeolemuridae (Baboon Lemurs)
Examples of living groups (Common characteristics and behaviour)
Bush Babies (or Galagos)
Unit 3 – The Haplorhines
Families included in the Haplorhines
Family Hominidae (humans)
Examples of a few primates and their characteristics
Drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus)
True Spider monkeys
Unit 4 – Primate Diet and Nutrition
Nutritional requirements of primates
What do primates eat?
Physiological adaptations to different diets
How primates eat
Putting information into practice- planning a primate diet
Unit 5 – Primate Health and Physical Condition
Observation and assessment of health or condition
Checklist for observing primates from a distance
Checklist for clinical examination of primates
Deteriorating – old age
Injuries on primates
First aid on humans exposed to NHP injuries or body fluids
Disease and primate conservation
Unit 6 – PRIMATE BEHAVIOUR IN NATURE
Social group composition
One male and several females
Single female and her young offspring
Monogamous family group
Polyandrous family group
What are the benefits of living in groups for primates?
Aggression and fighting in non-human primates
Callitrichids (body posture)
Unit 7 – Primate Behaviour in Captivity
Recognising abnormal behaviour
The primate as a pet
Social deprivation and primates
Abnormal behaviour in captivity
Self-harm in primates in captivity
Aggression in primates in captivity
Other abnormal behaviours
Avoiding abnormal behaviour
Social grouping in captivity
Foraging for food
Managing aggression in captivity
Learning and training primates
Unit 8 – Primate Breeding
Fertility and reproduction
Breeding and conceiving
Control of reproduction
Control by contraception
Control by artificial insemination
Pregnancy and birth
Gestation and birth
Lactation and weaning
Unit 9 – Managing Primates in Captivity
Primates in captivity
Transport care and safety requirements
Reasons and ethics of keeping primates in captivity
Primates and different cultures
Laws of different countries
Risks working with primates
Protective gear (PPE or personal protective equipment)
Unit 10 – Primate Conservation
Conservation status of primate species
Susceptibility to extinction
Species of concern
Family galagidae (syn. Galagonidae)
Family hylobatidae (lesser apes)
Family indridae (or indriidae)
Family loridae (or lorisidae)
Family megaladapidae (syn. Lepilemuridae)
Family pongidae (great apes)
Most endangered primates
Orangutans – case study
Estimated duration 50 hours
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