Today is World Wildlife Day, and the theme for 2022 is “recovering key species and restoring ecosystems.” Primates are among the most endangered animals on the planet, and they are key species for forest health and biodiversity. Thanks to their fruit-heavy diet, apes and monkeys are fantastic seed-dispersers that help support plant and animal life in their forest habitats. They spread a greater diversity of seeds compared to other animals, and some larger fruit tree seeds are only dispersed by primates.
At The Leakey Foundation, we work to understand and protect endangered primates by supporting long-term field research. These studies not only help us learn about our closest relatives and ourselves, but they also help protect vulnerable primates that stand on the brink of extinction.
When long-term primate field studies face emergencies or funding gaps, the Primate Research Fund is here to help!
This fund was established in 2017 and since then we have given 24 emergency grants to support long-term field studies around the world. Requests for emergency funding have grown since 2020, and we need your help to raise $25,000 for the Primate Research Fund.
This funding is essential for paying local staff, protecting primates, and ensuring that data collection can continue.