Primates BEN210

 Learn about different primates: Monkeys, apes, lemurs and more.

 Study their biology, taxonomic classification, care and conservation

Primates are widely studied both for conservation purposes, and also because what we learn about primates can often provide insights into human biology (because of the close genetic similarities)..

Explore the world of primates with this comprehensive course where you will learn about the various types of primates; their physical and behavioural characteristics, diet and reproduction.

You will learn about primates both in the wild and in captivity and the implications of human intervention.



Why Study Primates with ACS?

When you study with us, you will gain more than a set of course notes on primates to read through…

We offer an experiential course, where you will have the opportunity to engage in activities to reinforce and make the most out of what you have read in the lessons.

This may include observing primates to identify behaviours you have learned about, or you may be asked to network with industry professionals or conduct further research to expand your knowledge.

This is our unique way of offering a course that is online, yet with practical components, giving you an optimal opportunity to get the most out of your study.

Course Content

Course Duration - 100 hours

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Primates –scope, nature, anatomy & physiology, evolution and taxonomy
    • Order Primates
    • Distinguishing Characteristics of Primates
    • Taxonomy of Primates
    • New World and Old World Monkeys
    • Anatomy and Physiology
  2. The Strepsirhines
    • Family Daubentoniidae
    • Family Lorisidae (or Loridae)
    • Family Galagidae (syn. Galagonidae)
    • Family Lemuridae
    • Extinct Families
    • Examples Of Living Groups
  3. The Haplorhines
    • Family Cebidae
    • Family Tarsiidae
    • Family Callitrichidae
    • Family Atelidae
    • Family Cercopithecidae
    • Family Hylobatidae
    • Family Pongidae
    • Family Hominidae
    • Tarsiers
    • Baboons
    • Drills
    • Macaques
    • Mangabey Monkeys
    • Vervet Monkeys
    • Marmosets
    • Capuchins
    • True Spider Monkeys
    • Guenon Monkeys
    • Patas Monkeys
  4. Diet and Nutrition re environment feed and supplements in a nature park environment
    • Nutritional Requirements of Primates
    • Physiological Adaptations to Different Diets
  5. Health - Illness Pests and diseases specific to above
    • Exercise
    • Observation and Assessment of Health or Condition
    • Common Illnesses
    • Pathogenic
    • Disease and Primate Conservation
    • First Aid on Humans Exposed to NHP Injuries or Body Fluids
  6. Primate Behaviour in the Wild
    • Social Behaviour
    • Social Group Composition
    • What are the benefits of living in groups for primates?
    • Physical Environment
    • Communication
    • Behaviours
  7. Psychological Wellbeing in Primates in Captivity
    • Recognising Abnormal Behaviour
    • The Primate as a Pet
    • Social Deprivation and Primates
    • Abnormal Behaviour in Captivity
    • Self-Harm in Primates in Captivity
    • Foraging For Food
    • Managing Boredom
    • Learning and Training Primates
    • Handling Primates
    • Sedation
  8. Breeding programmes and optimum resources needed for this
    • Primate Groups
    • Gregarious Primates
    • Fertility and Reproduction
    • Breeding and Conceiving
    • Pregnancy and Birth
  9. Conservation in the wild -of individual breeds?
    • Conservation Status of Primate Species
    • Susceptibility to Extinction
    • Unique Problems
    • What Animals are most Endangered?
    • Recovery Programmes
  10. Managing primates in Captivity
    • Primates in captivity
    • Enclosure Design
    • Transporting Primates
    • Reasons and Ethics of Keeping Primates in Captivity
    • Risks Working With Primates

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


What is different about ACS?

  • We offer you flexible learning where you work at your own pace when it suits you. There are no terms or semesters and assignments do not have due dates.
  • We offer you high quality student support through tutors and the student services team.
  • We offer you the reassurance that our online college has been providing courses for students for over 35 years.


What now?

Ready to enrol? - Follow the prompts using the green “click here to enrol” button.

Need help? -  CLICK HERE for free course advice or contact with any questions you may have about studying with us.

Enrol Now!

Fee Information (S3)
Prices in Australian Dollars

PlanAust. PriceOverseas Price
A 1 x $878.90  1 x $799.00
B 2 x $475.20  2 x $432.00

Note: Australian prices include GST. 
More information about
Fees & Payment Plans.

Enrol Now 5% discount!
Select a payment plan:

Courses can be started anytime
from anywhere in the world!

All orders processed in Australian dollars.