What is AskPrimate?
AskPrimate is an e-mail-based international reference service for questions
dealing with primates, primate organizations, or individuals in primatology.
It is recommended that users of this service explore local resources and
check local public, school, or university libraries, before consulting
Frequently Asked Questions
Before you ask a question, please check to see if your question has already
been answered by the list of 24 frequently asked questions available through
How To Ask A Question
To send a question, use the AskPrimate
form. Please provide your
e-mail, city, state and institutional affiliation (if any) so we had
the proper address to send the answer to. Make doubly sure your e-mail
address is correct. Too often, responses have gone undelivered because
of a typo.
Questions should be restricted to information regarding non-human primates.
Please ask specific questions. Avoid questions that are broad in
scope like "What can you tell me about gorillas?" Such questions
will inevitably be returned for additional information.
Let us know where you have already looked for information and for what
purpose you need the information, such as writing a paper, putting together
a grant, or for a presentation.
Since this is an Internet-based reference service, we frequently refer
to web links in our responses. Specific questions may get a brief
factual answer accompanied by references. In some instances, we will
attempt to provide citations to pertinent literature taken from the PrimateLit
We do not offer personal opinions or answer interview questions.
We do not give legal or medical advice. If you have a sick pet primate,
please contact your local veterinarian. If a veterinarian is not
available to you, we will try to refer your question to a primate vet.
Do let us know if the information provided by AskPrimate is what you needed.
Questions may also be sent by:
Phone: 1 (608) 263-3512
Fax: 1 (608) 263-4031
Mail: AskPrimate, Primate Center Library, 1220 Capitol Court, Madison,
WI 53715 USA
Who Provides This Service?
Questions sent to AskPrimate are answered by the library staff of the
Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
We attempt to answer questions within two working days, but may take longer
during periods of heavy use. Some questions may be relayed to other
primate center libraries or to experts in the field. Primate-related
questions may also be forwarded to Primate-Science,
an electronic forum for the exchange of information related to primate
research, conservation and education.
AskPrimate is one of the WPRC programs supported by grants number RR00167
and RR15311, National Primate Centers Program, National Center for Research
Resources, the National Institutes of Health.
Page last modified:
June 4, 2003
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