Abstract # 20:

Scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2001 09:00 AM-04:00 PM: (University Hall 157) Pre-Conference Workshop


The care and management of captive chimpanzees Workshop: Managing social behavior

M. Bloomsmith1,2, L. Brent3 and K. Baker2
1Zoo Atlanta, TECHLab, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30315-1440, USA, 2Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, Emory University, 3Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
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      As we strive to house captive chimpanzees in more species-typical social environments, we must deal with the positive and negative consequences of managing larger, multi-male, and mixed-sex groups. This workshop will present a review of empirical data on issues of social management of captive chimpanzees, and will emphasize managing aggression, forming large groups of chimpanzees, and providing appropriate rearing environments for young chimpanzees. The influence of various social and environmental factors on chimpanzee aggression, and ways to modify aggression using environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement training and other management techniques will be highlighted. We will also review data from studies of the process of introducing unfamiliar chimpanzees, emphasizing issues related to forming and maintaining multi-male or all-male groups. Case studies of introductions will also be presented. Results from studies on behavioral development of chimpanzees will be described, including behavioral management issues associated with different social settings. In addition to formal presentations by invited speakers, the workshop will involve small group discussions on problem solving and practical implementation of social management strategies, exercises to facilitate the learning of new concepts, and ample time for questions and discussions. Participants will include behavioral researchers, curators/colony managers of chimpanzees, training and enrichment specialists, zoo keepers and other chimpanzee caregivers. Mollie Bloomsmith, Linda Brent and Kate Baker are confirmed participants at this time. Other individuals will be asked to participate as speakers and as discussion facilitators.