Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation and difficulties traveling, the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) offers an online course to introduce students to primate research and conservation strategies. BNF works to protect some of the most important tropical rainforests in Borneo by conducting wide-ranging biodiversity and forestry research to make the case for conservation and demonstrate and mitigate the impact of human activities.
This virtual course focuses on the behavior, ecology and conservation of three sympatric Bornean primate species in a tropical peat-swamp forest: orangutans, gibbons and red langurs. Students will learn about these animals’ lives and how to undertake studies to assess population status, activity patterns, diet, ranging and social behavior. Students also explore the challenges and potential solutions for Borneo primate conservation. BNF directors with over 20 years of primate research experience in Borneo will lead instruction and share their personal experiences, explaining the realities of a field researcher in a tropical environment. This course is a mix of online lessons, practical exercises and discussion groups that immerse students in the primatology world. Students gain insight into the complexity of the conservation of these unique species in Borneo as well as key information for a future career in Primatology.