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Are you passionate about primates?

  • Primate Animals online course from ACS Distance EducationIf you want to learn all about the different types of primates and their characteristics, this is the course of you.
  • You will learn about conservation of primates in the wild and all about keeping and breeding healthy primates in captivity. 




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Are you passionate about primates?

  • Primate Animals online course from ACS Distance Education
    If you want to learn all about the different types of primates and their different characteristics, this is the course of you.
  • learn about conservation of primates in the wild and keeping and breeding healthy primates in captivity.
  • Course Duration: 100 hours of self-paced study.
  • Start Date: Start at any time.
  • Study with the help and support of our expert tutors.


The Primates course consists of ten lessons:
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.


  • To understand the taxonomy, biology and management of primate animals both in captivity and the wild.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of our knowledge of primate animals.
  • Describe a variety of different species from the suborder Strepsirhini.
  • Describe a variety of different species from the suborder Haplorhini.
  • Explain the dietary requirements for different primates.
  • Explain the management of the physical wellbeing of primates.
  • Explain the psychology of primates and their natural behaviour.
  • Explain the management of the psychological wellbeing of primates in captivity.
  • Explain breeding programmes for managing the conservation of primates.
  • Explain the conservation of a range of primates.
  • Explain the management of primates in captivity.


Primates include humans, apes, monkeys, lemurs and other related animals.
Primate Animals online course from ACS Distance Education
Primate taxonomic classification is being reviewed constantly, as in the other living organisms’ kingdoms, so the classification we present here is one of the accepted classifications at the moment.
Primates are classified into Strepsirhini and Haplorhini primates, differentiated by the maintenance of the rhinarium in the former or its disappearance in the “higher” primates. The rhinarium is the moist, hairless skin area around the nose present in many mammals (like dogs and cats).
Primates typically have a more complex social structure and are usually monogamous.
All primates are divided into two broad groups; the strepsirhines and the haplorhimes.
The Strepsirhini (“bent nose” in Greek) or Prosimians include Lemurs and Lorises from Madagascar mainly, but some also occur in Africa, Asia and Malay Archipelago.
Haplorhini primates (“simple nose”) are the Tarsiers and Simian Primates.
They may be split into either six, seven or eight families.
These families are:
  • Tarsidae (e.g. Tarsiers);
  • Cebidae (e.g. Night Monkey, Squirrel Monkey);
  • Atelidae (Spider Monkeys);
  • Callitrichidae (e.g. Marmoset, Tamarin);
  • Cercopithecidae (e.g. Baboon and Colobises);
  • Hylobatidae (e.g. Gibbon);
  • Pongidae (e.g. Gorilla);
  • Hominidae (Human).



You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

Each lesson includes set tasks, and is completed with an assignment which the student submits to their course tutor.  The tutor will mark the assignment and return this to the student with comments and suggestions for further reading.


At ACS we provide you with more than just a set of course notes.

Your 'learning package' includes:

  • Course notes.
  • Self-assessment quizzes.
  • Assignment feedback.
  • You can interact one on one with a professional tutor with decades of experience - just email, phone or log on to chat to connect with them.
  • Depending upon your course, your studies may involve independent research, interviews, practical exercises, assessments, Problem Based Learning projects, and more.



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Arnold Taen, Netherlands - Diploma in Animal Management



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Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

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