Protecting animals through education, awareness, advocacy, and direct care.
There are 703 primate species and sub-species in the world. One-half of primate species are endangered, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's main authority on the conservation status of species. Nonhuman primates are considered to be an indicator species for the health of ecosystems. All are at risk due to habitat loss, and most habitat loss is due to human activity. If their habitats are in danger, so too is every creature that lives there.
At New England Primate Conservancy, we raise awareness about the needs for primate protection, for those captive and wild. The Primate Conservancy reminds us to leave wild animals in the wild, to preserve their habitats, and to be cognizant of the delicate balance of fauna and flora to support healthy ecosystems. One cannot survive without the other.
It is the promise of hope for a better tomorrow. We ask everyone to be part of the solution before it's too late.
Our ultimate goal is to provide life-long care to captive monkeys that are retired from entertainment, research, or are ex-pets. With the latter plans hamstrung by state regulations, we soldier on advocating for primates, and other animals, through humane education.
Since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts -- the state with the 3th largest population of non-human primates (almost 12,000 at last count) in research facilities in the United States -- has not yet allowed us to provide retirement to monkeys, we protect them through education, advocacy and awareness.
Conservation Statuses. What Do They Mean?
Many people have confessed to us that they do not really understand what the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN's) conservation statuses mean. We created this video, with upbeat music, lovely photos, and more, to clear the confusion, highlight what it means for our fellow primates, and illustrate what we can all do, in our daily lives, to help them. More information, including lessons and activities, are available at the "For action steps and lessons" link at the bottom of the video.
For action steps and lessons, click here.
A couple of our videos about endangered species and how swiftly extinction can occur
This video includes a peek into the primate species that could meet the same fate as the extinct Tasmanian Tiger. It is a fairly recent extinction, having occurred within the last 75-years. This is a lesson in how fragile any species can be in the face of competition with us humans for real estate and food.
A tiny forest monkey, the golden lion tamarin is one of the rarest animals in the world. Strong collaborations between conservationists and zoos worldwide keep the Golden Lion Tamarin from extinction, but they remain critically endangered. What is most dramatic in this video is how loss of habitat is driving the extinction of this beautiful little monkey.
Here is a noble effort to prevent the extinction of the beautiful Golden Lion Tamarin of Brazil. Will it be successful? Only time will tell.