Department of Wildlife Science combines field research in habitats of primates and other wild animals with a variety of biological sciences such as comparative cognitive science, ethology and genomics and promotes the conservation and welfare of animals. We collaborate with museums, zoos, aquariums and aim to pass deep understandings of nature and humans on to the next generation.
Nonhuman primates are living in temperate-to-tropical zones. Long-term primatological studies have revealed behavior, ecology and evolution of primates. We combine these traditonal primatological methods with a variety of biological sciences such as comparative cognitive science and conduct fieldwork in wildlife habitats around the world.
We perform genetics and genomics in wild animals. Analysis of kinship and functional diversity of sensory- or neural-related genes provides the genetic diversity of local populations and genetic background of mechanisms of behavior. Using next-generation sequencing technology, we conduct wildlife conservation at the genomic level.
Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) is a museum and zoo that exhibits 1000+ individuals of ~70 primate species and stores several thousands of primate specimens. Collaboration with JMC leads to cross-species studies of cognition, behavior and genetics of primates, directly publishes outcomes to citizens, and promotes welfare for zoo animals.
Primate Research Institute,
Kyoto University, Kanrin 41-2
Inuyama, Aichi 484-8506, JAPAN