GAFI Films for Conservation Education

Whilst browsing Primate awareness charities the other day, pondering inventive fundraising ideas, I came across the GAFI Initiative. It caught my eye due to the fact it was promoting conservation through the medium of film, which I found beautifully simple in itself. However after reading further, I found they actually run film courses for people of any ability or experience to learn the basics that would enable them to make their own nature or conservation film. I love the potential ripple effect this could have – teaching budding conservationists/filmakers the skills they need to produce what their creative minds crave, all for a common cause. Not only this,but GAFI work in collaboration with GRASP and Filmakers for Conservation to screen their films to the communities that live in and around areas of conservation or endangered species. Providing education to these people is paramount in the ongoing progress of conservation projects, and GAFI is doing an excellent job of using simple modern media to do this.

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Jane Goodall: What separates us from the apes?


Traveling from Ecuador to Africa, Jane Goodall takes the audience on an ecological journey, discussing highlights and low points of her experiences in the jungle.

She shows how progress is helping research (DNA analysis) and hurting the environment (clear-cutting). And she draws a dozen parallels between primate and human behaviour, making the point that we really aren’t all that different. Our big advantage, she says, is the ability to communicate with sophisticated spoken language – yet, sadly, we are abusing this power and destroying the planet. She urges the TED audience to behave differently, and use their higher powers to correct the planet’s course.

Primate Behaviour and Conservation Field Course in Costa Rica

The State University of New York and East Stroudsburg University are running Primate Behaviour and Conservation Field Courses in their research centre in North-East Costa Rica. The course is aimed at undergraduates or early level graduates who have little or no experience in the field, and 3 separate courses are being run over Winter and Summer.

The field station is set over 1000 hectares of lush rainforest, and the wildlife you will see and study includes white-faced capuchins, mantled howling monkeys, black-handed spider monkeys, tapir, jaguar, collared peccary, keel-billed toucans, great green macaws, brown caimans just to name a few. During your time there you will learn field techniques that can be used in tropical research in areas of ecology, behaviour and conservation.

To find out more about this amazing opportunity, please contact Kimberely Dingess on kdingess@danta.info, or read more at Primate-Jobs.

Al Jazeera: Endangered Mountain Gorillas

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege reports from Virunga National Park near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s border with Rwanda on the endangered mountain gorillas who live in a vast expanse of forest there. There are only 720 of them left on earth. But nine of them have been killed since the beginning of this year. Continue reading

Prime Concern: Events Listing

In the process of developing Prime Concern as a useful web resource for all, we have added a new section, entitled Prime Events.

You can find this section in the top tabs of this Weblog. The page intends to document and list relevant events from across the globe, and provide linking resources for further information. If you have an event you would like us to know about, please do drop us an email and we will be happy to schedule it into the Prime Events Diary.

Prime Concern: Day One

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Prime Concern hit out to 60 people yesterday, in only it’s first day of being live. Thank you to all who have supported our campaign and initiative to date. We hope this blog will become a powerful resource for all interested in Primate Species across the world.

In addition to joining Change.org, we also have a small supporting group on Social Network Facebook. If you are a “Facebooker”, please do join us there. For anyone looking to advertise on the Prime Concern blog, do contact Kate. Continue reading