PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

This 10 day course is designed for undergraduate or veterinary students with an interest in primates from biology or conservation perspective. Research findings from this course will be used by local conservation groups.

THE COURSE WHERE YOUR RESEARCH MATTERS

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.

PROGRAM DATES

This program schedule has not yet been released yet! Contact us for more information.

SUBJECTS COVERED​

Class schedules are subject to change

Orientation & Familiarization

Introductory Lectures

Locating and Identifying

Data Collection

Population Census

Free Time to Explore Belize

PROGRAM TUITION

Tuition

Program tuition is $3,180, not including international airfare. Save $185 by enrolling before Oct 31st for a tuition of only $2,995!

Interest-free payment plans are available. Current college students may be able to use federal financial aid toward their tuition.

The first $500 of your tuition (your program deposit) holds your space in the course. This deposit is non-refundable. All prices are in US dollars.

Want to stay for a whole month? Combine 2 courses!

Tuition for 2 programs is $5300. Save $305 by enrolling before Oct 31st for a tuition of $4,995!

Included:

  • Course
  • Housing
  • Airport pickup
  • Class excursions
  • Breakfast
  • Transcript
  • Orientation

Not included:

  • $30 Application fee

  • Personal budget for meals, tours, laundry, evening activities, souvenirs, etc

  • Airfare

  • Medical insurance (required)

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, may 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.

Crowdfunding

Many of our alumni have been successful raising money from friends, family, and community through crowdfunding. Tell your story, share your passion, and people may want to be a part of your adventure and growth!

CELA Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members each winter and summer season.  Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Each scholarship has a value of 50% off the program tuition. Students can choose among any animal science courses offered (Large Animal, Wildlife Health, etc). Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

CELA Belize will sponsor scholarships for students in the field of health and pharmacology in each winter and summer season. Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Students may choose among any courses offered. Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

CELA Belize will sponsor scholarships for students in the field of anthropology in each winter and summer season.  Each scholarship has a value of 50% off program tuition. Students may choose among any courses offered. Additional charges including but not limited to late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, and a transcript from a U.S. college/university are not included.

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.

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