One of the principal recommendations of the International Primatological Society Conference held Kampala in 2007 was to establish the African Primatological Association in order to address the low local interest in primatology. Members in the Universities of African countries were attempting to do research and attract young members to the field with little success.
Following this recommendation, Japanese and African researchers at an International Symposium held in Mabali, DRC from 11th-12th August 2011 under Asia-Africa Scientific platform proposed to form an African primatological consortium that would coordinate collaborative research and build the capacity of young primatologists.
This idea was presented, discussed and adopted at the African primates symposium held in December 2014 at Makerere University. Subsequently, the symposium formed the African Primatological Consortium on 19th December 2014. The members present at the meeting agreed to actions for achieving African primates’ conservation, including collaborative research, sharing of research findings, supporting and mentoring young African primatologists in order to contribute to African primate conservation.