Primatology Online Course

Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Primatology is the scientific study of the primate order of mammals, which draws from areas such as biology, behavioural studies, anatomy and physiology and anthropology.   The Primates order includes monkeys, gorillas, lemurs, tarsiers, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and more.

This 100 hour primatology course covers taxonomy, physiology, psychology, husbandry (diet, care, environmental requirements), health as well as examining breeding programs designed and management and needs of primates in captivity.

This course is suitable for:

  • wildlife managers
  • zoo keepers
  • conservationists
  • vets
  • anyone with a passion for primates and wildlife

Course Aims:

  • To understand the taxonomy, biology and management of primate animals both in captivity and the wild.
  • Discuss the nature and scope of our knowledge of primate animals.
  • Describe a variety of different species from the suborder Strepsirhini.
  • Describe a variety of different species from the suborder Haplorhini.
  • Explain the dietary requirements for different primates.
  • Explain the management of the physical wellbeing of primates.
  • Explain the psychology of primates and their natural behaviour.
  • Explain the management of the psychological wellbeing of primates in captivity.
  • Explain breeding programmes for managing the conservation of primates.
  • Explain the conservation of a range of primates.
  • Explain the management of primates in captivity.

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

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

The Strepsirhines

  • Family Daubentoniidae
  • Family Lorisidae (or Loridae)
  • Family Galagidae (syn. Galagonidae)
  • Family Lemuridae
  • Extinct Families
  • Examples Of Living Groups

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

Diet and Nutrition

  • Nutritional Requirements of Primates
  • Physiological Adaptations to Different Diets

Health - Illness, Pests and Diseases

  • 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

Primate Behaviour in the Wild

  • Social Behaviour
  • Social Group Composition
  • What are the benefits of living in groups for primates?
  • Physical Environment
  • Communication
  • Behaviours

Psychological Well-being 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

Breeding Programmes

  • Primate Groups
  • Gregarious Primates
  • Fertility and Reproduction
  • Breeding and Conceiving
  • Pregnancy and Birth

Conservation in the Wild of Individual Species

  • Conservation Status of Primate Species
  • Susceptibility to Extinction
  • Unique Problems
  • What Animals are most Endangered?
  • Recovery Programmes

Managing primates in Captivity

  • Primates in captivity
  • Enclosure Design
  • Transporting Primates
  • Reasons and Ethics of Keeping Primates in Captivity
  • Risks Working With Primates

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.