Methods in Primatology Field Course – Paraguay

Fundacion Para La Tierra
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Paraguay is often overlooked in terms of conservation and scientific research. Fundación Para La Tierra (PLT) is a conservation NGO focused on the conservation of Paraguay’s endangered habitats through scientific research, education and community engagement. PLT runs the country’s only long-term primate research project. The Field Methods in Primatology course is an intensive introduction to field primatology with particular focus on the hooded capuchin (Sapajus cay) in the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest and the black-&-gold howler monkey (Alouatta caraya) the humid Chaco and in a city environment. The course offers budding primatologists the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience of a range of field techniques in very different environments. The course is led by PLT’s primatologist Rebecca Smith. Rebecca is the only professional primatologist in Paraguay and is a PhD candidate with the University of Aberdeen. She has worked with primates in captive and wild settings in four countries and has studied the hooded capuchin in the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest for the past 6 years. The course introduces students to primatology through lectures, field exercises, discussion groups, active participation in Paraguay’s only long-term primate field study and independent research. The course begins in the city of Pilar in Para La Tierra’s Centro IDEAL base. Students will participate in a series of lectures including primate taxonomy, study design, primatology in Paraguay and Atlantic Forest conservation. Students will be introduced to Pilar’s urban howler monkey population and learn a variety of data collection techniques. At ProCosara, San Rafael “National Park”, in the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest students will participate in the long-term capuchin research project while learning field skills including, but not limited to, camera trapping, VHF telemetry and primate habituation techniques. The final week will be spent in Pilar and will include lecture and practical work relating to distance sampling and census methods, non-invasive biological sample collection, parasite analysis and social network analysis. During the final four days students will plan and carry out their own study on the urban howler monkeys, collecting at least 20 hours of data before presenting their results to the group. For more information visit or To apply send your CV and a cover letter to Tution/Fees $2295 for course tuition, 3 meals per day and afternoon snack, lodging at the Centro IDEAL and Procosara research stations and transportation to ProCosara from Pilar. Airfares to Paraguay, travel insurance and vaccinations are not included. If you book a place before 1st September 2019 you can take advantage of the Early Bird Price of $1995. Start and End dates. The course runs from the 6th October 2019 until 27th October 2019. You must arrive in Asunción the day before the course starts.
Qualifications/Experience This course is perfect for undergraduates who are thinking about a career in primatology, tropical conservation or studying animal behaviour. You be at least 18 years old.
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