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Director: Sian Evans
Mission: (1) To enhance welfare of nonhuman primate populations and tropical forest ecosystems, and (2) to emphasize the evolutionary, ecological and natural history linkages among human and nonhuman primates and tropical forests.
Principal Research Programs: Observational and genetic study of a semifree-ranging "Macaca fascicularis" population (Elizabeth Koncha, Florida International University and Dr. Anne Zeller, University of Waterloo); Kinematic analysis of locomotion in New World primates (Dr. John Cant, Dr. Mike Rose, Dr. Jean Turnquist, Dr. Daniel Schmidt, University of Puerto Rico); Head and neck posture in anthropoid primates (David Strait, SUNY-Stony Brook); Color vision in primates (Dr. Gerald Jacobs and Dr. Jess Degan, UC-Santa Barbara); Cognitive mapping in "Cebus apella" (Rosie Bolen, University of Miami); Investigation of self-recognition in great apes (Dr. Karyl Swartz, Lehman College, CUNY)
Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Pre-College, Undergraduate, Graduate; Field work opportunities available; Program emphasis: Behavior of semi-free ranging populations.; Financial support rarely available; The conservancy provides special education programs on primatology for middle and high school students, including a 9-week program for a local magnet middle school. College students conduct field trips at Monkey Jungle using on-site accommodations. Although the conservancy is unable to offer remuneration, it is possible for selected applicants to become involved in primate research on site at Monkey Jungle. Application is made to Dr. S. Evans, Programs Coordinator, and projects that span broad aspects of primate biology are encouraged. Veterinary support is available as is access to a primate library.
Number of Staff: 2
Supported Species: Alouatta seniculus (red howler), Aotus (owl monkey), Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset), Callithrix pygmaea (pygmy marmoset), Cebus apella (tufted capuchin), Lagothrix lagotricha (Humboldt's woolly monkey), 70 Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Saguinus (tamarin), 80 Saimiri boliviensis peruviensis (Bolivian squirrel monkey)
Publications: "Positively Primates" (quarterly)
Comments: Monkey Jungle is a commercial zoological park in Miami, Florida, which was opened to the public in 1935. Primate study and research activities at Monkey Jungle are coordinated by the DuMond Conservancy. The current research activities of the DuMond Conservancy focus on the semifree-ranging populations maintained in two large areas of the sub-tropical hardwood forest in which Monkey Jungle is located. The DuMond Conservancy uses Monkey Jungle as a natural classroom for educating students of all ages about primatology.
Last Updated: 1999-03-23
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