About Primate Conservation, Inc.
Primate Conservation, Inc., (PCI) is an all volunteer not for profit foundation [501(c)(3)] dedicated to studying, preserving and maintaining the habitats of the least known and most endangered primates in the world. Over 100 species, approaching half of all primates, are threatened or endangered. The tropical forests where most primates live are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Jane Goodall and others like her 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, focusing the attention of local people and the world. In many cases they are the endangered primates only defense against hunters and loggers.
Noel Rowe, the author of The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates founded PCI in 1992 after witnessing the destruction of a lowland forest in Madagascar. Since we made our first grant in 1993, we have provided full, partial, or renewal funding for more than 650 projects in 29 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 endangered primates including the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey and the douc langur in Vietnam, the black gibbon in China, Sclater's guenon in Nigeria, the greater bamboo lemur in Madagascar. PCI has also funded projects on better known species including orangutans, gorillas, bonobos and chimps.
In order to save this vast store house of the natural world's biodiversity, many more people need to be involved in conservation. The people PCI supports are committed to protect these species and their habitats. You can help PCI fund researchers in the tropical forests doing this important conservation work. Without their dedication under difficult physical conditions some of these endangered primates will be lost.
Over 86% of PCI's budget goes directly to field projects in habitat countries. Your contributions are tax-deductible.
Scientific Advisory Board
Emeritus Board Members
General Information: Noel B. Rowe, Director
Primate Conservation, Inc
Telephone:(401) 364 7140