The PrimateCast rolled out its mobile podcasting unit once again to cover the meetings of the International Primatological Society held between August 11-16, 2014. The theme of this year's congress, which was held at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, was 'meeting the challenges of conserving primate diversity'.
In the first installment of this five-part podcast series, we introduced some of the graduate students from PRI who helped interview the 20 guests that appear in the series, and then spoke with two of the organizers of IPS 2014, Dr. Bert Covert and Dr. Steve Schapiro. This time around, in the second installment, we discuss why conservationists and welfare advocates need to consider the role of infectious disease in primate population management.
In the first interview, Dr. Tom Gillespie explains a couple of projects he is involved with that tackle the complexities of primate biodiversity conservation, infectious disease transmission between wildlife, domestic animals and local humans, and their links to public health. These large-scale projects are being undertaken at Gombe in Tanzania and Ranomafana in Madagascar. Then we hear from Dr. Julio-Cesar Bicca-Marques about yellow fever outbreaks in howler monkeys, and how important such outbreaks may be to the future viability of howler monkey populations in Brazil and elsewhere in South America. Finally, we chat with Dr. Joe Bielitzki about the important matter of poaching and subsequent confiscation of primates, specifically with regards to the process of transitioning those animals, usually the young of poached mothers, into sanctuaries or other suitable new locations. Dr. Bielitzki draws on his vast experience in primate biomedicine to suggest a new strategy that rests on consideration of the microbiome - the full community of microorganisms that live upon and within us all, helping to make us who we all are. For anyone seeking more information about our guests and their activities, please click on their institution names in the list below to follow links to their respective academic pages.
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We'd like to sincerely thank all of our guests on this episode as well as on the entire series of podcasts from our coverage of the 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society. Join us next time when our guests will be Dr. Tatyana humle, Miles Woodruff, Debbie Cox, Noel Rowe and Dr. Augustin Basabose for a thematic podcast focusing on primate conservation.
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This podcast series was brought to you by CICASP, and was produced by Andrew MacIntosh.