Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG)
Established in 1993, the Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG) provides an international forum for coordination of research on nocturnal primates. Research involves nocturnal and cathemeral [day-and-night active] primates from South America, Africa, Madagascar and Asia, using innovative techniques.
We operate long-term field studies in Madagascar and in Java, Indonesia with associated conservation initiatives, including the Slow Loris Charity. The NPRG has developed a widespread network of collaborative links with academic institutions, conservation NGOs, enforcement agencies, wildlife societies, zoological museums and zoos.
We help to determine the distribution and status of some of the most neglected species and to indicate the condition of declining habitats. We have named six new species and elevated several others from subspecific status. Our work on Asian lorises via the Little Fireface Project has led to important legislative changes regarding the keeping of lorises as pets, managing them in captivity, and improving international awareness of illegal trade.
Our library of sounds has helped researchers identify galago species across Africa. Our innovative conservation education programmes have helped to inspire youth in Madagascar and Asia to conserve nocturnal primates. Our work regularly appears in the media, including major BBC documentaries.
|Professor Simon Bearder
|Professor Giuseppe Donati
|Professor in Biological Anthropology
|Professor Vincent Nijman
|Professor in Anthropology
|Dr Magdalena Svensson
|MSc Primate Conservation Lecturer and Laboratory Technician
|Dr Michela Balestri
|Ecology and conservation of the southern woolly lemur (Avahi meridionalis) in the Tsitongambarika Protected Area, south-eastern Madagascar
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Professor Giuseppe Donati
|Dr Marco Campera
|Ecological flexibilty and conservation of Fleurette's sportive lemur, Lepilemur fleureatae, in the lowland rainforest of Ampasy, Tsitongambarika Protected Area
|Professor Giuseppe Donati, Professor Vincent Nijman
|Lemur-human coexistence: the impact of human activities on the behaviour and demography of cathemeral lemurs in south-eastern Madagascar
|Professor Catherine (Kate) Hill, Professor Giuseppe Donati
|Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by vertebrates within an agroforest environment in Java, Indonesia
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Professor Vincent Nijman
|A multilateral approach to tackling wildlife trade in South America: people, ecology and conservation Supervisors
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Dr Magdalena Svensson, Professor Vincent Nijman
|Cultural Influences Behind Exotic Pet Cafés in Japan and their Relation to the International Pet Trade
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Dr Jason Danely
|Beneath the moon and under the sun: what the navigational strategies of Eulemur collaris can tell us about the evolution of higher cognition
|Professor Giuseppe Donati, Dr Magdalena Svensson
|Dr Sam Shanee
|Neotropical Primate Conservation
|Project title and description
Conserving the slow loris through ecological field studies; empowering local people through sustainable businesses and training; national and international education programmes.
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE
|PTES, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Shaldon Wildlife Trust, Twycross Zoo
From: October 2011
Working with a cooperative of farmers in West Java, we are investigating the economic and ecological impacts of Wildlife FriendlyTM coffee on the conservation of the Critically Endangered Javan slow loris, and the well-being of local people.
|Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE
|Oxford Brookes University, PTES, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Twycross Zoo
From: September 2018