29.03.2017 - Natural Sciences Sector

Primates and biosphere reserves: a collaborative exhibition with the Japan Monkey Centre

©Kodzue Kinoshita

Ms Kodzue Kinoshita, former colleague of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme and assistant professor of the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto University, recently conducted a project on primates living in biosphere reserves, in cooperation with staff from the Japan Monkey Centre.

Many species living in biosphere reserves are also found in zoological parks, making these sites a suitable environment for people to discover biosphere reserves in relation to the primates that inhabit them.

The Japan Monkey Centre is home to 64 primate species – the largest number of non-human primate species in the world. The species live in 164 biosphere reserves of which 10 were selected to provide information on 10 primate species. Exhibition panels for visitors mounted next to the chosen primates provide information on the ecological characteristics and human activities of the selected biosphere reserves.

On 26 March, Kodzue Kinoshita gave a presentation for visitors to the Japan Monkey Centre on biosphere reserves and the primates inhabiting them. The presentation provoked substantial interest in the concept of biosphere reserves among visitors.

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