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Borneo: Primate Conservation

2016 dates to be determined

Application Due Date: January 28, 2016

To apply, please click to the Earth Expeditions website

Join Woodland Park Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University for an Earth Expedition to Borneo in Southeast Asia! This program is focused on building an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding. The course will be available for 7 graduate credits through Miami University at a substantially reduced course fee. Educators may take this graduate course independently or as a graduate student in Woodland Park Zoo's Advanced Inquiry Program.

Nestled in the Malay Archipelago, tropical Borneo has captured the imaginations of explorers and naturalists for centuries. Borneo is the third largest island in the world and home to remarkable cultural and ecological diversity. Borneo’s primate community is exceptionally rich—the Earth Expeditions course site along the Kinabatangan River in Sabah (East Malaysia) is home to ten primate species, including proboscis monkeys, which occur only in Borneo, two species of leaf monkey, two species of macaque, gibbons, as well as the large-eyed, nocturnal tarsier and slow loris. Of greatest conservation concern is the orangutan, which occurs naturally on only two islands in the world, Borneo and Sumatra, and is under increasingly severe pressure, primarily from habitat loss. Researchers have projected that the orangutan, the only great ape in Asia, may completely vanish from the wild within two decades.

We will be joining researchers from the Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation—a Woodland Park Zoo Partner for Wildlife—and the Danau Girang Field Centre, as well as villagers of the Kinabatangan region who are responsible for model community-based efforts to preserve orangutans, Bornean pygmy elephants, and other species. In addition to becoming familiar with primatological field methods and their applications, students in the course will work with local groups and develop new ways to engage communities worldwide in saving orangutans and other wildlife. Possible field studies include: social behavior of primates, habitat selection, census methods, impact of forest fragmentation and reforestation, and the use of social networks in great-ape conservation campaigns. For more information on Hutan Asian Elephant Conservation, please see Woodland Park Zoo's Partners for Wildlife website.

Prior to and following the field experience in Borneo, students will complete coursework from late April through early December via the Dragonfly Workshops Web-based learning community as they apply experiences to their home institutions.

For more information, please click to the Earth Expeditions website


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