Wildlife Ambassadors: Primatology and Conservation Courses
Course: Primatology and Conservation I
What You'll Study:
Overview of 3 topics:
Diet and habitat preferences of South African primates
Geographical distribution of South African primates
Threats to and conservation status of South African primates
Course format: 3 hours of classroom instruction at C.A.R.E.
Offered to: all volunteers on set dates
Cost: if you are already volunteering at C.A.R.E. this is offered at no extra cost.
How to Apply: email
Course Instructor: Carolyn Bocian, Ph.D. is a primatologist, biologist and educator. Her background includes 11 years as an animal caretaker in zoos and sanctuaries; 5 years as a field researcher in central, western and southern Africa; and 7 years as a professor of biology and environmental science. She is a member of the IUCN-Species Survival Commission’s Primate Specialist Group and the International Primate Protection League. Dr. Bocian and Course Facilitator Linda Barnes are co-founders and co-directors of Rainbow Eco-Farm and Training Center (REFTC), an educational nonprofit based near Johannesburg. REFTC’s mission is twofold: to break the spirit of poverty in South Africa by empowering underprivileged teens and young adults through education and training; and to inspire compassionate caretaking of the land and the animals. The Wildlife Ambassadors program is an outgrowth of this mission.