Primatology Diploma

QEL Code 799
CPD 60
Estimated Study Time 60 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £499

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Unit 1

Origins and natural habitat of primates

This primatology course module explores the origins and natural habitats of primates and their global distribution including: Biogeography, countries, continents; commensal relationships: primates & trees; forest types-habitat types; primary & secondary rainforest; riverine habitats; territory defending and species differences. Learn about the scientific classifications of primates through their taxonomy, primate groups & families; apes, monkeys, prosimians; extant primates; suborders; new world monkeys (NWM) and old world monkeys (OWM).

Unit 2

Primate Behaviour

Learn how to differentiate between types & forms of behaviour amongst primates as well as how to identify various behaviours according to species & primate groups. Learn how the studies of primate behaviour have developed since the early 20th Century and how primate behaviour is studied & understand the complications involved. Explore the differences between wild & captive behavioural observations including: Innate & learned; experiential; individual differences; influences on environment (physical, emotional) and social behaviours.

Unit 3

Ecological and Conservation Principles

Gain an understanding of the human-wildlife conflict & attitudes towards primates including: Bush meat & related issues; the benefits & disadvantages of ecotourism; conservation strategies through case studies & examples. Learn about the importance of legislation in the protection of primates & describe the affect of the pet trade on wild primate populations. Study abnormal behaviours in captive primates & the importance of environmental enrichment. Learn about the use of primates including: Range of usefulness: labour, laboratory, entertainment, companionship; historic perspective; zoos, private captives, differences between countries: legal status, demands for keeping primates and the ethics of keeping primates.

Unit 4

Primate Tourism

In this primatology course module, you will explore how community engagement is essential for primate conservation in the wild. Learn about the processes of community consultation and how to incorporate this into conservation and primate welfare programmes. Learn about primate rescue and rehabilitation, including: Reintroduction as conservation tool; captive primates: relevance to conservation; care of captive primates in rehabilitation: physical & psychological trauma issues, social issues species-specific; reintroduction programmes: issues & faults; species reintroduced such as: Red Colobus monkey, Golden Lion Tamarin, Vervet monkey and Great Apes. Learn how to identify signs of ill health and common ailments and diseases. This section includes First Aid, vaccinations and zoonoses. Learn about Rescue centres & sanctuaries, including: Range & type of, differences between; country-specific organisations; criteria that influence rescue; types of primate rescued, reasons for rescue and welfare of rescued primates.

Unit 5

Rescue and Rehabilitation

This module explores how to deal with physical and psychological trauma in the Primate. Learn how to administer immediate first aid and how to identify and respond to common diseases and illnesses that may affect the rescued primate. Specific individuals & organisations are discussed with examples from across the globe.

Unit 6

Primate Conservation

Visionary workers in the area of primate conservation have produced exemplary practices in the care of captive primates. They have designed captive accommodation to maximise the environment by providing enrichment and a less stress free environment. This module explores how to apply these concepts to assist primates in captivity.

ZSL Fellowship

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Courses Direct, you
will be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and
family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL
library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship.

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Primatology Course

The Primatology course is for anyone wanting to work or volunteer with primates or in primate conservation.

Nearly half of all primates are now endangered globally, including monkeys and apes, our closest primate relatives.

This comprehensive course explores primate origins, natural habitats, behaviour, ecological & conservation principles, primate rescue, rehabilitation, enrichment and welfare.

Primate Conservation, Welfare and Rehabilitation


Keith White (completed the Level 3 Diploma in Primatology)

“I have always been interested in primates and decided that now was the time for a career change. I therefore, needed to get qualified in order to follow my dream. The Primate Conservation course provided by Animal Courses Direct ticked all of the boxes for me.

I found the course extremely interesting and stimulating. The course notes were detailed enough to encourage further self-study and the feedback was of great benefit to me I found my course tutor Louise Robson to be extremely helpful and supportive throughout the course and all in all I found it a real pleasure to undertake this subject. I have recently been offered a place on the MSc Primate Conservation course at Oxford Brookes and I know that it’s Animal Courses Direct that have helped me get the opportunity to further my aspirations and could not speak highly enough of the organisation”.

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