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Primate-Felid Interactions Workshop 2009, Oxford, UK


8 April 2009 (Wed)
12:00 -





Primate-Felid Interactions Workshop 2009

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April 2009

WildCRU, Tubney House

Felids and primates interact significantly as predators and prey within communities, but they also share a number of parallel features - both taxa have intricate behavioural ecology, complex societies, find themselves in conflict with people, face escalating conservation challenges and are charismatic. Both their biology, and their potential as conservation totems, suggest ready linkages between them, and between the interests of those studying them. We think that a gathering of primate and felid specialists would be stimulating and productive, therefore with an with an emphasis on  fostering cross-discipline collaborations, and with a broad remit spanning behavioural ecology and conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford are hosting  a 2-day workshop on primate-felid interactions to be held at our centre, Tubney House, with places limited to 45 delegates.

The most obvious direct link between felids and primates is predation. Recent ideas embrace the idea of a "landscape of fear", illustrated by the temporal and spatial avoidance of leopards by vervets and baboons and changes in group size. Analyses from our team are in press regarding the impact of risk posed by lions on the movements of ungulate prey; the same notion could be a rich vein for analysis with regard to the consequences for primates of felids in the vicinity. Other topics for discussion might include predation pressure and risk, the importance of primates in felid diet, mechanisms of predator avoidance in primates and the effects of predation on primate social systems. From a different vantage point, the role of both taxa as flagships in conservation might better be developed (again, our unit has recently linked the fates of orang-utans and clouded leopards). More mechanistically, students of these taxa often use different techniques, and opportunities for cross-fostering experiences and ideas could be fruitful.

The mission of the WildCRU is to undertake original research on aspects of fundamental biology relevant to solving practical problems of wildlife conservation and environmental management. The WildCRU has undertaken research on many felid species including wildcat, Pallas's cat, lion, leopard, tiger, cheetah, Andean cat and jaguar. We also include primatologists, with current research spanning gibbons in Kalimantan to chimpanzees in Uganda. We hope this would contribute something to the mix, but particularly look forward to welcoming friends, new and old, from other groups. We anticipate a fascinating and productive discussion by bringing together experts with first hand experience of these taxa.

Information on the programme, registration and payment can be found following the links at the top of this page.

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Organised by Dawn Burnham and Susan Cheyne



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