Abstract # 6091 Event # 60:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 04:50 PM-05:05 PM: (Cascade F) Oral Presentation


OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN REALIZING THE RESEARCH POTENTIAL OF SANCTUARIES

S. R. Ross
Lincoln Park Zoo, Lester E Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60202, USA
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     It is likely that in the next few years, chimpanzees in living in sanctuaries will, for the first time, outnumber those living in research centers and universities. This shift has caused concern for some who remain invested in learning about chimpanzee biology and behavior because traditionally, sanctuaries have relatively little involvement in research. There are however, a growing number of research opportunities developing in non-traditional settings such as sanctuaries, and the potential for non-invasive scientific work is vast. I will describe a number of productive research outcomes that have involved sanctuary-housed chimpanzees and the manner in which sanctuaries and scientists can build mutually beneficial partnerships that increase our knowledge of this important species while respecting the core mission of sanctuary settings. By evaluating the concerns and challenges, real and perceived, to these collaborations, scientists will be better equipped to create and maintain positive and productive relationships with sanctuary organizations.