Our primatology course is perfect for those who are passionate to learn more about these amazing species and their characteristics. It can also help those who wish to pursue a career within primate research, education, conservation and veterinary roles.

This course consists of 10 topics as stated below each containing their own short assessment. On completion of all topics you will then be given a case study on which you will be asked to write a final report on. You will be assigned a tutor to help you with assessments as well as access to online one to one lessons to reinforce your studies.

Duration: 100 Hours (approximately)

Qualification: Certificate upon completion of course


1. Introduction to Primates – scope, nature, anatomy & physiology, evolution, taxonomy

  • Order Primates.
  • Discerning Features of Primates.
  • Taxonomy of Primates.
  • Platyrrhines.
  • Catarrhines.
  • Evolution.
  • Anatomical and physiological characteristics.

2. The Strepsirhines

  • Aye-aye.
  • Lorises, Pottos and Angwantibos.
  • Bushbabies and Dwarf Galagos.
  • Lemur.
  • Sportive Lemurs.
  • Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs.
  • Wooly Lemurs.
  • Extinct Families – Sloth Lemurs and Baboon Lemurs.

3. The Haplorhines

  • Squirrel Monkeys and Capuchin Monkeys.
  • Pigmy Marmosets, Marmosets and Tamarins.
  • Old World Monkeys.
  • Lesser Apes.
  • Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Orangutan.
  • Humans.
  • Tarsiers.
  • Baboons.
  • Drills.
  • Macaques.
  • Mangabey Monkeys.
  • Vervet Monkeys.
  • Marmosets.
  • Capuchins.
  • True Spider Monkeys.
  • Guenon Monkeys.
  • Patas Monkeys.

4. Primate Diet and Nutrition

  • Nourishment Requirements of Primates.
  • What do primates eat?
  • Adapting physical characteristics to Different Diets.

5. Primate Health and Physical Condition

  • Exercise.
  • Determining Health or Condition.
  • Common Illnesses.
  • Injuries on Primates.
  • Disease and Primate Conservation.
  • First Aid on Humans Exposed to NHP Injuries or Body Fluids.

6. Primate Behaviour in the Wild

  • Socialisation.
  • Social Groups.
  • Primates living in groups.
  • Environment.
  • Communication.
  • Behaviours.

7. Psychological Wellbeing in Primates in Captivity

  • Recognising Abnormal Behaviour.
  • Primate for Pets.
  • Psychological Health of Primates in Captivity.
  • Social Deprivation and Primates.
  • Abnormal Behaviour in Captivity.
  • Looking For Food.
  • Managing Boredom.
  • Learning and Training Primates.
  • Handling Primates.
  • Sedation.

8. Breeding programmes and optimum resources needed for this

  • Primate Groups.
  • Fertility and Reproduction.
  • Control of Reproduction.
  • Breeding and Conceiving.
  • Pregnancy and Birth.

9. Conservation in the wild

  • Conservation Status of Primates.
  • Primates that are threatened by extinction.
  • Most endangered primates.
  • Rehabilitation Programmes.

10. Managing primates in Captivity

  • Primates in captivity.
  • Designing Enclosures.
  • Managing Enclosures.
  • Safe Transportation of Primates.
  • Ethics of Keeping Primates in Captivity.
  • Risks Working With Primates.

Please contact us for more information or to book your course

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