Abstract # 1905 Poster # 187:

Scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2006 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 17 (Regency West 1/3 ) Poster Presentation


THE LESTER E. FISHER CENTER FOR THE STUDY AND CONSERVATION OF APES: A NEW CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF RESEARCH, CONSERVATION, AND EDUCATION

T. N. Melber1, E. V. Lonsdorf1,2 and S. R. Ross1
1Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA, 2University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology
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     The Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes was established in 2004 with four main goals: increasing the knowledge and understanding of ape biology; improving management of both captive and wild populations of apes; aiding in the conservation of wild ape populations; and educating the public in the behavior, biology, and conservation of apes. To ensure high quality research and increase the understanding of ape biology and conservation, the Fisher Center takes a multidisciplinary approach by combining the expertise of the zoo’s scientific staff in areas such as behavior, epidemiology, and population biology with that of colleagues from other institutions. Currently, staff at the Fisher Center conduct research on cognition, learning, and physiology of our resident ape groups, which include 12 gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla), 12 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and 4 gibbons (Hylobates leucogenys). Internationally, staff focus on conservation issues such as ape health, disease and long-term viability of threatened populations. The Fisher Center also provides opportunities for research conducted by external scientists and has an internship program for undergraduate and post-graduate students that provides training in research methods, ape behavior, and issues in conservation and management. Finally, the Fisher Center aims to increase access to information on apes through database development and management, and through hosting scientific meetings for the research community.