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March 2020

IPS joins Brazilian primatologists in statement on coronavirus and primates

IPS has co-signed a statement by Brazilian primatologists about the risks to primates of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigation measures to provide protection for them. The full statement is available here:

Comunicado sobre primatas, COVID-19 E A SARS-CoV-2 Orientaões para profissionais que lidam com primata não-humanos em cativeiro ou vida livre



Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [25th March]

On behalf of the IPS and SLAPrim officers, I would like to assure everyone that we are continuing to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for the upcoming joint IPS/SLAPrim Congress scheduled for Quito in August. We plan to wait until April 20th to determine whether we will need to postpone the meeting to a later date. We realise that this adds one more uncertainty to all of the others we are now facing, but by waiting a bit longer we hope to be able to make a more informed decision about our Congress plans. Please check here or our social media pages for further updates. We will also send an email.


Message from IPS President and officers on coronavirus [15th March]

As we navigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to call attention to the importance of primatologists to consider the ethics and risks that now raise additional challenges on top of the ones we always face. Extra health considerations are relevant in both field and captive settings, to protect both the primates we are studying and the people with whom we work, especially during these times of increased risk. We will be posting further news and links soon.

Version française ici...   Versão em português aqui...  Versión en español aquí...

links and other resources are available here...


A Joint Statement of the IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group and the Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes [Mar 15th]

The purpose of this document is to update great ape site managers, researchers, tourism operators and others of the potential risk posed by a coronavirus now called SARS CoV-2 and the disease it causes in humans (COVID-19). The document is available here.. Final - SARS CoV-2 and Great Apes Joint Communique 16-05-20.pdf


*NEW Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus* Mar 12th 2020

Dear IPS members,


On behalf of the officers, I want you to know that we are following all of the new safety measures and travel restrictions that are being instituted in many of our countries, including those in Ecuador. We can expect things to get worse before they get better, but our August meeting is still far enough into the future that we can evaluate the alternatives in the event that we need to postpone the meeting. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and we will continue to post updates. Please, everyone, stay well! Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS announces the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards

We are delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2020 Special Presidential Awards are, in alphabetical order: Prof. Ramesh (Zimbo) Boonratana; Dr. Liliana Cortes-Ortiz; Dr. Leandro Jerusalinsky, and Prof. Inza Koné.


Extended Funding Opportunitie.. new deadlines 4th April

See the Awards pages for information on further opportunities to apply for the Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award, and the Galante Family Winery Conservation Scholarship...


Message from IPS President about Quito meeting and coronavirus

I write on behalf of the IPS officers, in response to the concerns about whether the coronavirus will impact the upcoming IPS meeting in Quito. We want everyone to know that we are monitoring the situation, and we will follow national and international (e.g. CDC and World Health Organisation) guidelines. At present, we are moving forward with the scheduled plan. 

Best wishes, Karen B. Strier, IPS President


IPS Election Results now in!

Thank you for participating in the 2020 IPS Election. The results are as follows:

Jonah Ratsimbazafy (Madagascar) is elected President 2020-20204

Susana Carvalho (UK) is elected Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2020-2024

Steve Ross (USA) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Captive Care 2020-2024

Cat Hobaiter (UK) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Communications 2020-2024

Patricia Izar (Brazil) is elected for 2nd term as Vice President for Education 2020-2024

As per IPS by-laws the vote count is available here: IPS_2020_VoteCount.jpg


February 2020

IPS Elections

The 2020 elections for IPS officers are now OPEN.   Please login through the member portal (see link in top left corner of this page) for information on the candidates and your ballot to vote. The election will only remain open until February 23 so VOTE  NOW.


Conference notification: Play and the Evolution of Creative Societies

Come to pituresque Erice, Sicily Italy for this new workshop.  The purpose of the workshop is to explore how play improves the adaptability of brain and behavior and how it can produce cultural and evolutionary variability. Talks by internationally renowned scientists will explore the many different approaches that have deepened our understanding of this enigmatic behavior. This will include cross-species comparisons, phylogenetic and mathematical modeling, developmental changes and clinical and psychological approaches.  Registration ends February 21 or contact Dr. Gordon Burkhardt for more information:


IPS Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

The IPS Awards Committee is delighted to announce the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award is Prof. Vernon Reynolds.   

A new award this year is the Outstanding Achievement Award and the inaugural recipient of this award is Dr. Russell Mittermeier

Congratulations to both recipients for their outstanding contributions to the field of primatology! Both will be honoured at the 2020 IPS Congress in Quito.


December 2019

Call for Nominations - Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Achievement Award - Deadline extended to 15th January.

The deadline for submitting your nominations has been extended from the 10th to the 15th January. More info on how to submit below.


Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world's primates

New article written by primatologists Alejandro Estrada and Paul Garber for Mongabay:


Call for Nominations : Invita sus Nominaciones

The IPS Awards Committee invites your nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the new Outstanding Achievement Award to be presented at the Joint Meeting of the International Primatological Society and the Latin American Society of Primatologists in Quito, Ecuador, 16-22 August 2020.

1)  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a member of IPS for exceptional career contributions to research, conservation, education, and/or captive care and breeding of nonhuman primates, with attention to efforts with enduring international scope (in keeping with the international scope of our society).

The first Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Hilary Box at the Torino Congress in 2004, and subsequent awards have been made to Dr. Tom Struhsaker in 2006, Dr. Toshisada Nishida in 2008, Dr. Allison Jolly in 2010, Dr. John Oates in 2012, Dr. Jeanne Altmann in 2014, Dr. Jane Goodall in 2016, and Dr. Clifford Jolly and Dr. Colin Groves (posthumous) in 2018. Current members of the IPS Council are not eligible for consideration for this award during their term in office. The recipient will be selected by the Awards Committee, chaired by IPS President Karen Strier, and ratified by the IPS Officers. The recipient will be notified by February 2020 and invited to attend the 2020 Congress in Quito to receive the award and to give a plenary address.

2)  The Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented for the first time in 2020, at the Quito meeting. It was created in recognition of the growth of primatology and of the increasing numbers of primatologists whose unique contributions have made a significant impact and merit international recognition. It can be awarded for either a body of work, or to recognize a particular outstanding achievement.  Whereas the LAA has historically been given to well-established and internationally recognized primatologists, the OAA is open to nominees who have made outstanding achievements at any stages of their careers.

Any member of the IPS can nominate someone to be considered for these awards.

To make a nomination:

a) Please send a letter, by email to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Karen Strier, that describes the nominee’s accomplishments. The letter must be received by the 10th of January 2020. The email address is: <>.

b) The nominating letter must have at least one co-signer (electronic signatures are acceptable, but please be sure to copy the co-signer or primary co-signers on the submission email).

c) Please specify which one of the awards you are proposing for your nominee.

d) The content of the nominating letter should include an account of the person’s achievements and their impact on primatology, as appropriate for the award (see above). It should be no longer than two single-spaced, U.S. letter-size pages, font-size 12. (Signatures may carry over onto other pages). Some suggestions for the content and format of the nominating letter (based on past submissions) are as follows:

  • Introduction: Provide a summary of the nominee’s main contributions and background, including general education, employment, and primary activities in primatology, as relevant, being sure to specify for which of the two awards you would like your nominee to be considered. 
  • Main narrative text might include any or all of the following, as relevant:
    • Summary (including dates or time periods, when relevant) of the nominee’s major achievements, including but not limited to theoretical, empirical research and conservation contributions in field or captive settings, with citations to key books, articles, reports, programs, or policies written or led by the nominee;
    • Examples of any significant, high impact outreach, including educational contributions, student training, community programs led or organized, contributions to local, regional, national, or international policy;
    • Examples of the nominee’s impact on primatology, including any personal attributes that have contributed to their positive impact;
    • Examples of participation and contributions to IPS and other organizations (e.g., IUCN, regional or national primatological societies, governments, conservation NGOs, etc.).
  • Conclude with a comprehensive final statement about the nominee’s qualifications for the specified award.

This is a wonderful chance for you to honor individuals who have dedicated their careers to primatology and have made positive impacts on our field.

We look forward to your nominations!

Karen Strier, President and Chair of the IPS Awards Committee, on behalf of the Awards Committee


El Comité de Premios de la IPS invita sus nominaciones para el Premio a la Trayectoria (Lifetime Achievement Award) y el Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes (Outstanding Achievement Award) que serán presentados en el congreso conjunto de la Sociedad Internacional de Primatología y al Sociedad Latinoamericana de Primatología, en Quito, Ecuador del 16 al 22 de agosto de 2020.

  1.  El Premio a la Trayectoria (Lifetime Achievement Award) se otorga a un miembro de la IPS por sus contribuciones excepcionales a la investigación, conservación, educación y/o cuidado en cautiverio de primates no humanos, con énfasis en los esfuerzos que han tenido un significado internacional perdurable (en concordancia con la perspectiva internacional de nuestra sociedad). El primer Premio a la Trayectoria le fue otorgado a la Dra. Hilary Box en el Congreso en Torino en 2004, y subsecuentemente al Dr. Tom Struhsaker en 2006, el Dr. Toshisada Nishida en 2008, la Dra. Allison Jolly en 2010, el Dr. John Oates en 2012, la Dra. Jeanne Altmann en 2014, la Dra. Jane Goodall en 2016, y los Drs. Clifford Jolly y Colin Groves (póstumo) en 2018.
  2.  El Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes será presentado por primera vez en la reunión de Quito en 2020. Este premio se creó en reconocimiento al crecimiento de la primatología y al aumento en el número de primatólogos cuyas contribuciones únicas han tenido un impacto significativo y ameritan reconocimiento internacional. Se puede otorgar por un cuerpo de trabajo, o para reconocer un logro sobresaliente en particular. Mientras que el Premio a la Trayectoria históricamente se ha otorgado a primatólogos bien establecidos y reconocidos internacionalmente, el Premio a los Logros Sobresalientes está abierto para la nominación de primatólogos que han tenido logros destacados sin importar la etapa en la que están en su carrera.

Cualquier miembro de IPS puede nominar a alguien para ser considerado para estos premios.

Para hacer una nominación:

a)     Por favor envíe una carta por correo electrónico a la Presidenta del Comité de Premios, Karen Strier, que describa los logros del nominado. La fecha límite para recibir esta carta es el 10 de enero de 2020. La dirección de correo electrónico es

b)    La carta de nominación debe tener al menos un cosignatario (se aceptan firmas electrónicas, pero por favor asegúrese que marca copia al cosignatario o a los principales cosignatarios en el mensaje de envío de la nominación).

c)     Por favor especifique a cuál premio envía su nominación.

d)    El contenido de la carta de nominación debe incluir un recuento de los logros de la persona a la que se nomina y su impacto en la primatología, de acuerdo a lo que sea más apropiado para cada premio (ver arriba). La carta no debe exceder dos páginas tamaño carta (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm), con espacio sencillo y con un tamaño de fuente 12 (por ejemplo, Arial o Times New Roman) (de ser necesario las firmas pueden incluirse en una tercera página). Algunas sugerencias para el contenido de la carta de nominación (con base en nominaciones pasadas) son las siguientes:

  • Introducción. Proporcione un resumen de las principales contribuciones del(a) nominado(a) y sus antecedentes, tales como su educación general, empleo, y principales actividades en la primatología, conforme sea relevante y teniendo especial cuidado de especificar a cuál de los dos premios se quiere nominar a esta persona.
  • La narrativa del texto puede incluir algunos o todos los puntos siguientes, de acuerdo con lo que sea relevante:
    •  Resumen (incluyendo fechas o periodos de tiempo, cuando sea apropiado) de los mayores logros del nominado, incluyendo (pero no limitándose a) su investigación teórica y/o empírica, y las contribuciones a la conservación de primates en estado silvestre o en cautiverio. Incluya las citas de los libros, artículos, informes, programas y políticas clave escritas o dirigidas por el(la) nominado(a).
    • Ejemplos de cualquier alcance significativo y de alto impacto, incluyendo contribuciones educativas, entrenamiento de estudiantes, programas comunitarios dirigidos u organizados, contribuciones a políticas locales, regionales, nacionales o internacionales;
    • Ejemplos del impacto que el(la) nominado(a) ha tenido en la primatología, incluyendo atributos personales que han contribuido a su impacto positivo;
    • Ejemplos de participación y contribuciones a la IPS y otras organizaciones (por ejemplo, IUCN, sociedades primatológicas nacionales o regionales, gobiernos, ONGs de conservación, etc.).
    • Concluya con una declaración final exhaustiva sobre las calificaciones del(a) candidato(a) que sean específicas para el premio.

Este es una oportunidad maravillosa para honorar a los individuos que han dedicado sus carreras a la primatología y han tenido contribuciones positivas en nuestro campo. Esperamos sus nominaciones.

El Comité de premios de la IPS.

Primatology in Paraguay

As part of the program of the 1st Paraguayan Congress of Zoology, members of SLAPrim, the Latin American Primatological Society, gave a short course on primatology to interested students and coordinated a round table about challenges and opportunities to develop primatology in Paraguay. As part of this program a study group named K’ai Primates de Paraguay was formed. K’ai is the indigenous Guarany name for primates. Video messages of support were sent in by prominent primatologists, including IPS President Prof. Karen Strier. Three thesis projects were developed, which will hopefully result in the first theses focused on primatology developed by Paraguayans!

November 2019

New special issue of Phil Trans B on Animal Communication

The Royal Society has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B "What can animal communication teach us about human language?" compiled and edited by Jonathan B Fritz, William J Idsardi and Gerald S Wilkinson - articles can be accessed directly here...


IPS Pre-Congress Training Programme - Applications now open

We are thrilled to announce that the application process for the IPS Pre-Congress Training Programme is now open for application 2020 IPS Pre-Congress Training Program-APPLICATION FORM.docx

The deadline for applications is December 8th, 2019 and applicants will be informed of the results in early January 2020. The PCTP-IPS 2020 will take place at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station from the 10-14th August 2020. All successful applications will then have the opportunity to attend the XXVIII Congress of the International Primatological Society which will be held in Quito, Ecuador between 16th-22nd of August 2020. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be citizens of primate habitat countries
  • Must be actively work on (or studying) primate species in their country
  • Must be relatively 'new' in their careers (although no age limit is imposed)
  • Cannot have attended a previous IPS PCTP
  • Must have a good enough level of English to follow training programme, which will be delivered in English


October 2019


IPS call for Officer Nominations

The IPS Elections Committee is soliciting nominations of candidates for the following IPS offices:

1. President of IPS (Note this is a single 4yr term)

2. Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is a new VP position.

3. Three Vice President positions are approaching the end of their first 4yr term. VP for Communication (currently Cat Hobaiter; VP for Education, currently Patricia Izar; VP for Captive Care, currently Steve Ross). Each of these VPs has indicated an interest in running for a 2nd (and final) 4yr terms. Nominations can be made for candidates to run for any of these positions, but if incumbents run uncontested they will appear on the ballot with the option to approve or not, as per IPS By-laws.

Factors that have gone into candidate rankings in the past include: IPS membership status, activity/participation in IPS, overall professional profile and qualifications. 

Nominators can help the Elections Committee if they can provide some information about their nominees, a CV or website link for your nominees would be of great help. Please feel free to self-nominate.

Please send nominations to IPS President (and Elections Committee chair) Karen Strier kbstrier @

and IPS VP for Research (and Elections committee vice-chair) Marina Cords mc51 @


September 2019

IPS supports IUCN call for urgent action on the uncontrolled fires in the Amazon

The International Primatological Society fully supports the recent IUCN call for urgent action to stop the uncontrolled fires in the Amazon, and recognises the significant threat that they represent to wild primate species and their habitat in Amazonia. Read the full IUCN statement here...


Childcare survey for IPS 2020 in Quito

The organisers of the 18th IPS Congress are exploring childcare options for attendees in Quito. If you are planning to attend please fill out this short <60 second survey...


August 2019

IPS changes to the Bylaws - voting results in

Many thanks to all of you who voted on the recent proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the association, all three proposed amendments were passed with an overwhelming majority!

  • New VP for Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Yes: 92; No: 5; Abstain: 2
  • Addition of an Outstanding Achievement Award - Yes: 92; No: 3; Abstain: 4
  • Make the immediate Past President of the society a non-voting ex-officio officer - Yes: 95; No: 1; Abstain: 3


July 2019

Workshop for the development of a Conservation Plan for the White-footed Tamarin

In the framework of the White-footed Tamarin International Conservation Program, a project managed by the Colombian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ACOPAZOA) since 2009, and with the economical support of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA), the Barranquilla Zoo organized a Workshop for the development of a Conservation Plan for the White-footed Tamarin. The Workshop was facilitated by Leandro Jerusalinsky, President of the Latin American Primatological Society, and member of the the IUCN Primate Specialist Group and the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group.
During two days (July 10 and 11) 30 professionals from 25 institutions involved in the conservation of Saguinus leucopus met in Medellín, Colombia, at the Santa Fe Zoo. Among the participants were:


  • Officials from the Ministry of Environment and all the Environmental Authorities within the natural range of the species, 
  • researchers and conservationists from science institutes, universities and NGOs, and,
  • professionals from all the Zoos that care for the species in Colombia and Zoos that support the conservation of the species from abroad.  
The Workshop was a CPSG led meeting in which a general context of the conservation of the species was presented and consequently a plan for its conservation was developed. The main outcome from the meeting was an integrated Action Plan including a vision, objectives and actions, as well as a strategy for its implementation.


New species of marmoset in the Brazilian Amazon

A new species of primate, the Munduruku marmoset, endemic to the Brazilian Amazon, has just been described  As Anthony Rylands of Global Wildlife Conservation puts it, that makes: '513 species and 704 species and subspecies to protect'. Work to do! 


June 2019

IPS changes to the Bylaws - VOTE NOW PLEASE

The IPS officers are proposing three changes to the Constitution and Bylaws of the association.  These changes have been approved by the affiliated societies.  The changes include a new VP for Ethics, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the addition of an Outstanding Achievement Award; and making the immediate Past President of the society a non-voting ex-officio officer instead of a non-voting ex-officio member of the council.  These questions will be found on the ballot. 

On your ballot page there is a link to the documents with the three proposed changes highlighted in Track Changes. (Please note that there is also a fourth suggested change highlighted in the documents relating to planning for scientific meetings - this proposal is for discussion at the 2020 Congress, and so is not on the current ballot.)

You can vote now in the members section of the IPS website. The documents and an explanation for the proposed changes are also available here: 

IPS-Proposed revisions (in blue) to IPS Constitution_for Council approval.docx

IPS-Proposed revisions (in blue) to IPS Bylaws_for Council approval.docx

Explanation of Proposed Revisions to the IPS Constitution and Bylaws_for Council approval.docx



New facebook page for 7th Asian Primate Symposium information

Check out the new facebook page for information on the 7th Asian Primate Symposium, to be held in Guwahati, India in February 2020, in conjuntion with the 1st International Conference on Human-Primate Interface:


Bolivian Network of Primatology

???????? The new Bolivian Network of Primatology held their first general assembly on the 27th of June! Almost one year after its creation, the Red Boliviana de Primatología - RedBolPrim (Bolivian Network of Primatology) conducted its first general assembly on June 27th. In this meeting, several goals were reached, including their affiliation to SLAPrim progress on their group identity. Priority tasks for RedBolPrim were also agreed; these included the development of a statute, outreach through social networks, elaboration of a national strategy for primate conservation in Bolivia, and others oriented to promote the development of Primatology in Bolivia by working on research and conservation of indigenous primate species. To face this challenge, the first four-member board of directors was elected, who will be working hard for the next three years. Huge congratulations to RedBolPrim!!   


IPS Officers approve support for Captive Primate Safety Act

The elected officers of IPS unanimously approved support for proposed legislation in the United States aimed at curbing the trade in pet primates in that country. The Captive Primate Safety Act (HR 1776) was recently proposed to Congress and would prohibit any interstate or foreign commerce involving nonhuman primates for the exotic pet trade, including sale, transportation, and acquisition.  Importantly, it is crafted to specifically target the commerce in privately-owned primates, and would not impact critical research, welfare, and conservation initiatives of zoos, universities, labs, or sanctuaries.  


May 2019

New (free!) online course by PEN: Designing Education Programs for Conservation Success

Primate Education Network have a new online course running May 21st to June 11th at 10am PST. Find out more and register here....


April 2019

Asociación Peruana de Primatología (the Peruvian Primatological Association) 2nd Congress 14-17th August

The Peruvian Primatological Association is organising its 2nd Congress with an exciting program in Lima, on August 14-17th 2019. More information available here...


Creation of new protected area in Bolivia: Área Protegida Municipal Rhukanrhuka

Rhukanrhuka is the new municipal protected area whose name means 'titi monkey' in the indigenous Maropa language. This area is found in the Reyes Municipality in the Beni Department of Bolivia, and holds an important portion of the distributional range of the two Bolivian endemic titi monkeys: Plecturocebus olallae and P. modestus. The fact that the name was chosen by local inhabitants reflects the result of around 15 years of conservation research and outreach activities carried out by the Wildlife Conservation Society, oriented to promote the conservation of both species and their habitat, which includes other iconic and threatened fauna such as the wattled curassow, Bolivian river dolphin, jaguar, maned wolf, black caiman, anaconda, and marsh deer. This achievement is testament to the natural patrimony appropriation by local people and heralds well for the conservation of the endemic titi moneys, especially P. olallae which was recently proposed as one of the top 25 most threatened primate species in the world. We wish lots of success to this new protected area where two endemic primate species are serving as ambassadors for biodiversity conservation. 

More info here... 


March 2019

XVIII Brazilian Congress of Primatology, Nov 6-10th 2019

The XVIII Brazilian Congress of Primatology will be held next November, from the 6th to the 10th, in beautiful Teresopolis. It will also be a joint celebration for the 40th anniversary of the Brazilian Society of Primatology and the Rio de Janeiro Primatological Center. Find out more on their website here..


New data sharing site for primatology.

AJP, IJP, Folia Primatologica and Primates are creating a site for data sharing in primatology. As a first step, they'd like to request data templates from those who have shared data in the past. The goal is to make these templates freely available to aid researchers preparing to share their data. If you have such a template and are willing to share it, please contact Karen Bales on klbales @



February 2019

IPS a member of the new Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM

The Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM aims to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture in STEMM fields. IPS is one of 53 inaugural members, more information here:


Arcus Foundation new webinar on 'Managing the Promise and Risk of Infrastructure Development' available online

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