WHO WE ARE
The DuMond Conservancy for Primates & Tropical Forests is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit science and education affiliate of Monkey Jungle, a primate-focused wildlife park and discovery center in Miami-Dade County, Florida. We are a team of staff, volunteers, and students working with professional affiliates from academic institutions and conservation organizations interested in primatological study and concerned about the welfare and conservation of our closest living relatives and the sustainability of the environments in which they live. We are also concerned about underserved youth in our local community and leverage the unique environs and programs at Money Jungle and the DuMond Conservancy to engage these youth via immersive education programs .
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the DuMond Conservancy is to engage scientists, students, and the public in the understanding and stewardship of nonhuman primates and their tropical forest habitats. We provide opportunities for scientists and for students of varying ages and abilities to participate in creative science and educational programs and to experience unique encounters with nonhuman primates.
SCIENCE, EDUCATION and CONSERVATION
As a platform for science, conservation and education, we provide access to the unique forested environs and primate collection at Monkey Jungle for innovative observational research and education programs—to partners from institutions such as Florida International University, Randolph-Macon College, University of Miami and University of Pennsylvania. Research activity is focused on fundamental questions concerning primate ecology, biology and development, particularly those that foster insight into the human condition and the means to improve the welfare of nonhuman primate populations. Our Education activities focus on providing “living lab” training and research opportunities to young scientists, conservationists and educators in the formative periods of their careers—and engaging South Florida kids and teens in the process (see below). We engage in Conservation by partnering with NGOs in range countries where nonhuman primates live and by engaging our community in the support of related efforts. In addition, the Conservancy is home to a special group of owl monkeys that are retired from research labs. Our warm climate allows us to keep our primates outdoors year round, either free-ranging in lush, multi-acre forested habitats or in large enclosures planted with natural vegetation and situated in secluded woods.
ENGAGING SOUTH FLORIDA YOUTH
The DuMond Conservancy at Monkey Jungle provides a unique, immersive learning environment—one that is inclusive in nature and engages young people from various communities, including those from local economically disadvantaged areas and those with developmental disabilities. These individuals work and study alongside professionals and university students, thus affording them the opportunity to enjoy life transforming experiences sparking aspirations in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering & math) or to more productive lives in general.