Primate Ecology and Conservation: An Introduction to Field Research

This brand new 10 day course is designed for undergraduate or veterinary students with an interest in primates from biology or conservation perspective.

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This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week session in Belize
Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics
Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation
Marine Biology

Primate Ecology and Conservation

The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) has set the standard for community based conservation. Over 200 landowners have pledged to project that habitat of the local howler monkey population. The black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), known as a Baboon in Creole, is classified as endangered by the IUCN. This includes the populations in Yucatan, southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. From 1985-1999, censuses at CBS showed steady population growth. Estimates have showed a steady increase to over 2000 monkeys; however a complete census has not been done since 1999. This project will update the conservation status and give up to date results of the original goal of CBS: to protect howler monkeys and to examine the overall health of the monkeys. When animals experience high population density there is often a correlation with high parasite loads and stress levels. Finally, the course will engage in community education with the villages within the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS).

This field course provides an introduction to field research in primatology and will engage students in wildlife conservation. Course topics explore the behavior, ecology and conservation of nonhuman primates (New World monkeys and howler monkeys, (Alouatta pigra) in particular), with emphasis on natural history and adaptation to the environment. Specific topics include methods for the study of primate behavior, history of primate behavior research, socio-ecology, foraging, predation, affiliation, aggression, mating, parenting, development, communication, and conservation. Because most primate species are listed as threatened or endangered, the course will also examine the threats to primate survival and strategies for their conservation. Students will be trained in various methods of collecting behavioral, physical and ecological data, and will practice those methods during fieldwork. This is a rigorous course with a great deal of field research. Students will live with Belizean families in Bermudian Landing, Belize District who will supply three meals a day. The village is very rural with very limited internet and transportation service.

Winter 2017-2018 session will run from December 26th 2017 to January 8th 2018. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.

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Study Primate Ecology
  • Day 1

    Arrival in Belize, Transfer to the Belize River Valley, Orientation

  • Day 2

    Introductory lectures and field work on locating, identifying and categorizing monkeys

  • Day 3

    Behavioral Data Collection

  • Day 4 - 7

    Population census count and data collections

  • Day 8

    Free Time

  • Day 8-12

    Population census count and data collection

  • Day 13

    Course Ends

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad