Abstract # 6111 Poster # 74:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 06:00 PM-08:00 PM: (Cascade AJBCD) Poster Presentation


SNOW MONKEYS SETTLE IN: THE DESIGN OF A NEW ZOO-BASED RESEARCH PROGRAM FOR JAPANESE MACAQUES (MACACA FUSCATA)

K. A. Cronin, L. M. Hopper and S. R. Ross
Lincoln Park Zoo, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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     Accredited zoos make important contributions to primatology by supporting efforts in the field and designing exhibits that enable research locally. At the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, we have recently opened the Regenstein Macaque Forest, a 7,300 sq ft exhibit for Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). The exhibit was designed to mimic the macaques’ natural habitat in the coastal forests of Japan and provide innovative research opportunities including remote behavioral monitoring and voluntary access to dual touchscreen booths. Much of this research is visible to the public and interpreted by trained educators. We will discuss how the exhibit design enables data collection efforts, which, in turn, allow us to closely monitor how the monkeys adapt to their new home and respond to the presence of visitors. We will present data on space use and social proximity to describe the monkeys’ early use of the exhibit and the development of this newly-formed group’s social network. By communicating about the efficacy of the novel design features and the initial response of the macaques to this exhibit, we hope to provide valuable information to primatologists who are planning research in zoos and other non-traditional settings.