Chia Tan

Blogger Profile: Chia Tan

Chia Tan, Ph.D., is a scientist in the Behavioral Biology Division with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She is an accomplished primatologist with two decades of field experience, primarily in Madagascar, China, and Vietnam, and is considered the world’s leading expert on bamboo lemurs and snub-nosed monkeys. She works with a network of interdisciplinary practitioners on conserving some of the most endangered species of Asian leaf-eating monkeys. In addition to her scientific endeavors, she is passionate about training and mentoring students, especially those in primate-habitat countries. She has organized and taught a series of graduate-level short courses for emerging primatologists in Asia. She also is expanding her outreach efforts to help Chinese and Vietnamese children develop conservation literacy, compassion, and respect toward wildlife. She is a co-founder of the Little Green Guards program in China.
March of the Little Green Guards

March of the Little Green Guards

Just the other day, a colleague asked how my summer was. I drew a blank and responded, “What summer?” Indeed, I work all year long, and for me a year is marked by only two seasons: the field season and the non-field season.   read more

Monkeys, Leopard Cats, and Bears, Oh My!

Monkeys, Leopard Cats, and Bears, Oh My!

“Follow, observe, and record,” was the first directive I learned starting out as a field primatologist. For years I did exactly that…   read more

Saving Monkeys Takes a Team

Saving Monkeys Takes a Team

Most people probably have never heard of these monkeys. That’s because Guizhou snub-nosed monkeys are elusive and difficult to observe in the wild.   read more