|| Primate Conservation, Inc. (PCI), is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) private foundation dedicated to studying, preserving, and maintaining the habitats of the least-known and most endangered primates in the world. One-third of all primates (123 species) are endangered or critically endangered. The tropical forests where most primates live are disappearing at an alarming rate, and poaching is a major problem for most of these species.
Jane Goodall and many others who have done field studies of primates in their natural habitat have shown that dedicated individuals are one of the keys to successful conservation. PCI provides grants to support the next generation of researchers and conservationists in the field. These grantees research the needs of species and focus the attention of local people and the world on those needs. In some cases these researchers are the endangered primates’ only defense against hunters and loggers.
Primate Conservation Inc.’s director, Noel Rowe, founded the organization in 1992 after witnessing the destruction of a lowland forest reserve in Madagascar. He is author of
The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates
and coeditor with Marc Myers of the
All The World’s Primates
website. Since we made our first grant in 1993, we have provided full, partial, or renewal funding for more than 500 projects in 28 countries with primate habitats. Projects in Asia have received 40% of our funding, in Africa 26%, in Madagascar 20%, and in South America 15%. Grants have gone to study leaf monkeys (28%), apes (17%), lemurs (20%), cheek-pouch monkeys (12%), New World monkeys (13%), lorises and galagos (6%), and tarsiers (4%). Without PCI’s help, many of these projects might never have been accomplished.
|PCI has supported projects on 21 of the top 25 most endangered primates, including the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in Vietnam, the pig-tailed langur in the Mentawai Islands (Indonesia), the yellow-tailed woolly monkey in Peru, the Cross River gorilla in Nigeria, the Tana River red colobus in Kenya, and the greater bamboo lemur in Madagascar. In order to save these wonderful creatures and the habitats they require to survive, many more people must be involved in conservation at all levels. We can’t all go to work in the field, but we can help by writing letters to influence policy, limiting our consumption, and donating.
The people PCI supports are committed to protecting primate species and their habitats. You can help PCI fund researchers doing this important conservation work in tropical forests. Without their dedication under difficult physical conditions, some of these endangered primates will be lost. You can donate to Primate Conservation, Inc., online using PayPal or a credit card at our new sister website, All The World’s Primates. Please click the “Join” tab there to donate. When you become a member of PCI and support our work of conserving primates, you will also be able to access the All The World’s Primates database, the Web’s most complete resource about all the species and subspecies of apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs, and lorises. You can see what each of the 613 species and subspecies looks like, find where they live on interactive range maps, watch video, and listen to their vocalizations. The site includes over 3,000 photographs and more than 10,000 references.
From 1999 to 2009, over 94% of PCI’s budget went directly to field projects in primate habitat countries. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.