Nocturnal Primate Research Group (NPRG)

Group Leader: Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE


About us

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.

Thick-tailed galago in South Africa

Research impact

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.


Anna Nekaris

Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE

Professor in Primate Conservation

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Name Role Email
Professor Simon Bearder Emeritus Professor
Professor Giuseppe Donati Professor in Biological Anthropology
Professor Vincent Nijman Professor in Anthropology
Dr Magdalena Svensson MSc Primate Conservation Lecturer and Laboratory Technician


Name Thesis Title Supervisors Completed
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 2018
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 2018
Claire Cardinal 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


Sophie Manson Quantifying the ecosystem services provided by vertebrates within an agroforest environment in Java, Indonesia Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Professor Vincent Nijman


Thais Morcatty 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


Brittany Rapone Cultural Influences Behind Exotic Pet Cafés in Japan and their Relation to the International Pet Trade Professor Anna Nekaris, OBE, Dr Jason Danely


Bethany Watkins 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



Name Role Organisation
Dr Sam Shanee Coordinator Neotropical Primate Conservation


Active projects

Project title and description Investigator(s) Funder(s) Dates

Slow Loris Conservation

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

Wildlife Friendly Coffee

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