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Nutritional and Clinical Management of Neotropical Primates

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Practical application in the conservation of in-situ and ex-situ species.

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10 modules plus an exclusive bonus with over 50 topics on primates. You will interact with the instructors during the course and ask questions.

Target audience: students and professionals in Veterinary, Biology, Animal Science and the like. 

O que você vai aprender neste curso:

Module I​ Nutrition to sustain life

1. Essential nutrients for primates  


a. Feeding strategies for free-ranging primates

b. Nutritional wisdom? How do animals find nutrients in the wild?

c. In-situ primate nutrition research

D. Ex-situ primate nutrition research

e. Where to find nutritional references for primates

f. Nutrients that are considered essential for primates

g. Most used ingredients in primates diet

h. Importance of primate nutrition in in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects

i. What is the influence of food and nutritional management on primate reproduction?


2. Most common, prohibited and occasional foods


a. Foods that should be included in the diet of primates

b. Are there prohibited foods?

c. The role of supplementation in the diet of primates

d. Food options that may be provided occasionally

e. Is it possible to use foods found in the  wild in the diet of captive primates?

f. Fruits for primates: after all, are fruits for human consumption an option?

3. Feeding strategies for primates in the wild  


a. Foraging behavior: how long per day do primates spend feeding?

b. Are there nocturnal primates?

c. Groups hierarchy and influence on consumption

d. Nutritional strategies related to the reproductive season

e. Nutrition and conservation: the importance of learning for reintroduction projects

f. Eating habits associated with energy metabolism

4. Anatomy and morphology of the species' digestive system  


a. Learning about the digestive system

b. Digestion and absorption of nutrients

c. Particularities of the digestive system of leaf-eating primates

d. Particularities of the digestive system of insectivorous primates

e. Particularities of the digestive system of generalist primates

Module II​ Nutrition and health

5. Nutritional requirements


a. How to assess nutritional references

b. How to estimate the nutritional requirement of wild primates

c. Daily energy calculation: most used formulas

d. Protein need for animals with different eating habits

E. The importance of fiber for leaf-eating animals

f. Is fat important? What are the main sources?

g. Micronutrients: what are the current recommendations?


6. Most common nutritional diseases


a. Nutritional excess diseases

b. Nutritional deficiency diseases

c. Progressive weight loss syndrome

d. Hypovitaminosis C

e. Osteometabolic deficiencies

f. Diabetes mellitus

g. Obesity

h. How nutritional management can help clinical recovery

i. Options for enteral diet

j. How to calculate the volume supplied?

7. Food safety 


a. Food purchases: most important health aspects

b. Food storage

c. How to store perishable food

d. Key points in primate care

e. The role of keepers in ensuring animal health

f. Is there a a guarantee of food safety?

Module III​
Feeding and behavior

8. Handling and preparing diets  

a. Most used types of cuts

b. Main challenges in handling diets

c. How to handle food safely

d. Feeding groups: main challenges in preparing diets


9. Food frequency and diet disposition  

a. Once, twice, three times a day... What is the ideal frequency?

b. Are seasonal foods a good option?

c. Should food be supplied together or separate from other ingredients?

d. Most used feeding troughs

e. Strategies for group feeding

f. Are “tasty” foods important? 

g. How to safely provide food collected from the environment

10. Environmental enrichment


a. Basic principles of environmental enrichment

b. Most used foods in environmental enrichment activities

c. Enrichment for optimal welfare

d. What are food enrichment strategies?

e. Practical food enrichment techniques for primates

f. Be careful: when is an enrichment technique not recommended?

g. Combining the good with the pleasant in primate feeding

Module IV 
Diet formulation

11. Basic principles of diet formulation


a. Principles of diet formulation

b. Definition of objectives and goals for formulation

c. How to formulate balanced diets?

d. Difference between a balanced diet and a complete diet


12. How to formulate diets?

a.What software is on the market?

b. Use of Excel spreadsheets in formulating diets for primates

c. Manual calculation, is it possible?

13. Diet calculation  

a. Examples of diets used for primates

b. Are we going to learn by practicing?

Module V 
Key issues on nutrition. 

14. Food Evaluation  


15. Production of plants for feeding


16. Insect production  


17. Taking care of orphaned babies

18. Nutrition as an environmental education tool



Recorded classes available to watch for 1 YEAR at any time;

6 months to ask questions directly with teachers, through the course platform

All Bonuses for the first 50 entries 

The research with field primates - knowing the Muriqui Project Bonus

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Certificate of at least 35 h Unconditional

100% satisfaction guarantee - you test for 7 days after the first lesson is released, and if you think the course is not for you, we return 100% of the amount paid. No questions asked!

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Some testimonials from our students!


Dr. Carlos Saad
Professor da
Universidade Federal de Lavras

"the course has a lot of content and the updated part helped me a lot" "Prof. Ana Raquel and Prof. Dalton are very committed to what they do..."


Manuela -ZWF
Miami - EUA

"... I enrolled for the wildlife management course and it was the best thing I ever did... the course is wonderful, the teachers the content, the classes, all done in a way to help us, apart from the access that we have to teachers..."


Msc. Fernand Libério
Médica Veterinária Analista Ambiental  CETAS /IBAMAMiami - EUA

"the course helped me overcome difficulties and improve animal feeding, leading to a much higher survival and recovery rate. It was excellent, and helped me a lot, I can only recommend this course."


Medica Veterinária Costa Rica

"the nutrition course is super important because I am now able to manage diets and improve animal welfare...Instructors are interested in helping, by Telegram, WhatsApp, e-mail.".


Ana Clara
Estudante de Zootecnia 
Universidade Federal do Goiás

"...classes are very well-prepared, going from the basics of nutrition to the practical part... I look forward to the next Fauna em Foco's courses! "


Flor Barrueta
Médica Veterinária
Zoológico Guatemala


"... is the most complete and organized course I have ever done in this sense, this helped me a lot by giving me new ideas ... I recommend"


Roseane Fernandes Médica Veterinária

"... this course totally changed my life, because for 10 years I worked in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center... after this course I was able to put all the classes into practice... i indicate to everyone, who works in CRAS, Zoo, Clinics..."


Cíntia Batista
Zootecnista do Parque Zoobotânico - João Pessoa/PB. 


"the course was extremely important to me...particularly in teaching how to use SuperCrac, which is a software that I've acquired recently."


Sérgio Novita
Médico Veterinário


"...this is a very pragmatic, day-to-day course that addresses very practical aspects of working with the species that are sent here. It also addresses extremely important issues such as the control and organization of the kitchen and the stock..."


Gabriela Burh


"...classes are focused and very well planned, which helped me study more easily. I strongly recommend this course... Fantastic material and very worth it!..."


Instructors with over 20 years’ theoretical and practical experience in Brazilian government agencies, wildlife rehab centers, zoos and animal rescue.


Prof. MSc. Ana Raquel Faria


BA in Animal Science from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Master in Animal Nutrition from UFRRJ, and doctoral candidate in Ecology and Natural Resources at the State University of Norte Fluminense (UENF).
Over 20 years’ experience in the field of environment, ex situ and in situ management for wildlife conservation. Prof. Ana Raquel has worked in institutions such as the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (CETAS) in Rio de Janeiro, IBAMA Headquarters in Brasília, and the Brasília Zoo. She has been a professor and coordinator of graduate studies at the UPIS and FTB Colleges, and a consultant at Itaipu Binacional, IBAMA and Carioca Engineering. She is currently the Conservation Director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Brazil (AZAB), a researcher associated with Project Anteaters in Brazil, and instructor of the Fauna em Foco courses.

Prof. MSc. Lucas Andrade Carneiro


Master in Animal Nutrition from the Federal University of Paraná and Zootechnician trained by the same institution, Prof. Lucas has worked as a zootechnician at the Pomerode Zoo (in the southern state of Santa Catarina) and as Director of Nutrition and Animal Feeding at the Brasília Zoo. He is currently Head of the Animal Nutrition Division at BioParque, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He also works as an animal nutrition consultant for ZooCare, coordinator of the AZAB nutrition committee, and instructor of the Fauna em Foco courses.