University of Colorado Boulder

Primate Conservation

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Jonathan O'Brien

Instructor: Jonathan O'Brien


(36 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
11 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Identify conservation threats to Primates globally 

  • Understand and identify conservation threat categories

  • Recognize threats to primate conservation across the areas where non-human primates live (Central/South America, Asia, and Africa)

  • Relate environmental changes to primate conservation

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There are 5 modules in this course

In the first module, I will introduce myself and begin defining the Order Primates. Many people have a ‘love’ of ‘monkeys’ without really understanding how incredibly diverse our Order is! This module starts with a definition of primates and then shows where the current radiation of primates still live.

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5 videos1 quiz2 discussion prompts1 plugin

This module will begin by introducing the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), the IUCN RedList, and how species are designated in threat categories. We will also discuss different types of threats to primates globally.

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8 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, we will focus on the Top 25 Most Endangered Primates list. We will go region to region to learn about the primates and the threats they face toward the possibility of extinction.

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6 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

This module will address conservation organizations in multiple contexts. We will learn about 'in situ' and 'ex situ' conservation methodology. Finally, we will look at a number of conservation organizations and think about ways that the public can get involved.

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3 videos1 quiz1 peer review

Vietnam is home to an incredible diversity of primates. There are currently 25 species and subspecies living in this tropical country (Covert et al., 2017). In this module, we will discuss the diversity of primates, threats to conservation, and the groups that are helping to conserve these animals (and landscapes!).

What's included

5 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt


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4.5 (17 ratings)
Jonathan O'Brien
University of Colorado Boulder
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