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Primate Behaviour and Ecology field course in Borneo – places still available!

We would like to offer all current students the opportunity to apply for our Primate Behaviour and Ecology field course in Borneo.field course picture

The course will run for two weeks in the summer (26 July–9 August 2016) and will take place at a research centre in the midst of Kinbatangan’s rainforest. We will introduce basic field concepts and methods to study primate behaviour and ecology. The forest has a high biodiversity in birds and mammals, including nine non-human primate species. We have planned boat trips twice a day where you will learn to apply a range of observational methods to study proboscis monkeys and longtailed macaques nearby the riverbanks. You will also learn how to find and follow wild orangutans and other mammals in the rainforest. In addition, you will learn radio-tracking animals and other methods relevant to animal field research. You will carry out your own projects on primate behaviour that are based on what your interests are – these research projects are closely supervised by us.

Furthermore, you will have the chance to accompany field researchers during their work. In previous years, these studies included small mammals, monitor lizards etc. If we are lucky, elephants may even pass by the centre while we are there. On the final day, we will visit orangutan and sun bear rehabilitation centres and discuss mammal rehabilitation and release issues and other current animal conservation topics.

For more information and an application form, please download this document. If you are interested in applying for the course, please complete the form and email it to marina.davila-ross@port.ac.uk  by 7 March.

 

 

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