The Society

The purposes of this Society are both educational and scientific. Our goals are to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding primates, and anyone engaged in scientific primatology or who is interested in supporting these goals may apply for membership. The Society is established as a nonprofit corporation under the nonprofit laws of the State of Washington and the United States of America.

ASP is an educational and scientific organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage the discovery and exchange of information regarding nonhuman primates. The Society is an exceedingly diverse organization, comprised of approximately 700 scientists and educators from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, the biological and biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine and other academic endeavors. The common theme that provides continuity and unity for ASP is a strong interest in primate biology, behavior, and conservation.

First, the annual meetings provide venues for the professional exchange of data and ideas, including the latest research dealing with nonhuman primates. Second, the American Journal of Primatology is the official journal of ASP, publishing empirical research and review articles of the highest quality. Third, the ASP Bulletin [current issues available to members, past issues available to nonmembers], provides the primatological community with up-to-date information on a number of issues, including activities of the Society, legislative and legal actions that impact primate conservation and research, job and grant opportunities, and other news relevant to ASP. Finally, ASP is involved in promoting and supporting primatology in a variety of ways, including providing grants for conservation and research, and making awards for distinguished service on behalf of primatology.

ASP also provides financial support for a number of critical initiatives in primatology and conservation biology, including sustaining memberships in the International Union on the Conservation of Nature [IUCN] and the Bush Meat Crisis Task Force. We have also supported the development of the IUCN Reintroduction Guidelines and a Young Investigator Awards to facilitate career transitions for primatologists, among many other activities.

Finally, the ASP web site serves as a useful starting point for all sorts of primate-related internet sites. We encourage you to explore!