Charlestown, RI (PressExposure) May 05, 2007 -- Today Primate Conservation, Inc. (PCI) announced the opening of All The World's Primates website at alltheworldsprimates.org. Based on submissions from hundreds of scientists, conservationists, and wildlife photographers, All The World's Primates is a groundbreaking, comprehensive resource for researchers, students, and anyone interested in humans' closest relatives. Each species and subspecies are described separately through an extensive information database, interactive range maps, photographs, illustrations, video and audio, overview articles, and other useful tools. All The World's Primates members can share information and insights with other members through blogs and forums.
PCI director Noel Rowe said, "Education is a crucial part of conservation, so we think it's important to have an in-depth online primate resource that stays current, is easy to use, and-for the first time-shows the beauty and diversity of the entire primate order." All The World's Primates website encompasses all primates, including those that are newly described. It is updated regularly by its contributors, most of whom have done original research, and is fully referenced with over 10,000 citations.
For those who wish to simply look at the apes, monkeys, and prosimians, there are hundreds of videos and more than 3,000 photos and illustrations to enjoy. The site's interface allows quick organization of primates by name, country, risk of extinction, or several other criteria while accessing each primate's description, taxonomy, and range from the database. Other detailed information includes conservation status, diet, life history, behavior, social systems, and physical measurements. Complete data sets are available for researchers, and students and laypersons will appreciate overviews and introductory articles on topics in primatology and physical anthropology.
Jane Goodall, world-renowned conservationist, primate researcher, and head of the Jane Goodall Institute, said of All The World's Primates: "I am excited to be able to compare one species with the next, to see their similarities and their differences, their faces, their hands, what they eat, where they live, and how they live. But I am humbled to see how many are listed as critically endangered or endangered or vulnerable to extinction, how few are of lower risk, and what threatens them."
All The World's Primates website is a membership benefit of joining Primate Conservation, Inc. Proceeds support site maintenance and PCI's grants program. Individual memberships start at $29.95 per semester, and institutional memberships are also offered. In keeping with PCI's policy of support for work in primate habitat countries, a number of complimentary memberships are available. Reporters and bloggers may request a media pass to the site by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.