Dr. Marc van Roosmalen (born 24 July 1947, Tilburg) is a Dutch primatologist living in Manaus in Brazil. Events 1132 - Battle of Nocera between Ranulf II of Alife and Roger II of Sicily. Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Tilburg ( is a Municipality and a City in the Netherlands, located in the southern province of Noord-Brabant. Primatology is the study of Primates It is a diverse Discipline and primatologists can be found in departments of Biology, Anthropology Manaus is a largest city in the Amazonia Brazil and capital of Amazonas State. |utc_offset = -2 to -4 |time_zone_DST = BRST |utc_offset_DST = -2 to -5 |cctld He was elected as one of the "Heroes of the Planet" by Time Magazine in 2000. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and  His research has led to the identification of several new monkey species, as well as other animals and plants. He is also an activist in the protection of the Brazilian rainforest.  Van Roosmalen was awarded the honour of Officer in the order of the Golden Arch by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1997. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (29 June 1911 in Jena – 1 December 2004 in Utrecht) Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld born HSH Count Bernhard Leopold Friedrich 
In 2002, he was fined by the IBAMA (Brazilian Ministry of the Environment's Enforcement Agency) for illegal transportation of monkeys and orquids from the unexplored Amazonian region of Serra do Aracá. Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources ( Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis) is the Brazilian In April of 2003, Roosmalen was fired from his job with the INPA (Brazilian National Institute of Amazonian Research) for illegally exportation of environmental genetic samples to outside Brazil. The National Institute of Amazonian Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia or INPA) is a public educational and Research institution in Manaus 
In 2007, he was arrested by the Brazilian government for illegally keeping orphaned monkeys in a monkey refuge at his house in the Amazon and for misappropriation of Brazilian public funds.  He was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison. Van Roosmalen claims that he applied for permits for his monkey preserve, which he could legally do after he didn't receive a response within 45 days. The bulk of his sentence was for an embezzling charge after he was accused of stealing scaffolding tower in 1996. The tower did disappeared at some point, but it was never found in Van Roosmalen's possession. The rightful owner of the tower was never asked to testify at his trial. Van Roosmalen was not given the special treatment that most prisoners with advanced college degrees receive when imprisoned in Brazil. He was placed in the notorious Raimundo Vidal Pessoa Penitentiary ;he claims two murders occurred during his incarceration. At one point Van Roosmalen shared a cell with two violent crack addicts whose drug debts he paid.  It is speculated that the Brazilian government was bribed by the woodcutting and soya industries because of his active protectionist stance towards the Amazon rain forest. He is currently free on appeal.  The WWF is investigating his case and is expecting worldwide support for van Roosmalen.
Van Roosmalen told a Wired News reporter that he has a video of two ex-policemen knocking on his door immediately after tucking revolvers into their pants. Believing that he would be killed if he stayed, he and his wife are on the run with no plans to return to their home in Manaus as of May 2008. 
Van Roosmalen's Porcupine and Roosmalens' Dwarf Marmoset are discovered by and named after him. Roosmalens' Dwarf Marmoset ( Callithrix (Callibella humilis) also known as the Black-crowned Dwarf Marmoset, is a small New World monkey native to He named the Prince Bernhard's Titi after Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, co-founder and former president of the WWF. Prince Bernhard's Titi ( Callicebus bernhardi) is a Species of Titi, a type of New World monkey, endemic to Brazil. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (29 June 1911 in Jena – 1 December 2004 in Utrecht) Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld born HSH Count Bernhard Leopold Friedrich