Abstract # 112:

Scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 09:45 AM-11:45 AM: (Cascade H) Symposium


M. Bloomsmith
Yerkes National Primate Res. Ctr., Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30329, USA
     Over the last twenty-five years there has been tremendous progress in the behavioral management of chimpanzees to improve their welfare. Recently there has been increased regulatory attention directed toward the welfare of chimpanzees, and interest from the general public remains high. This symposium will include speakers who study chimpanzee behavior in laboratories, zoos and sanctuaries, focusing on key areas relevant to welfare. One presentation will report on abnormal behavior in zoo-housed chimpanzees, and a second will report on welfare measures for laboratory-housed chimpanzees. A behavioral comparison will be made between chimpanzee groups provided with varying amounts of space. Managing aggression is a common problem, and one presentation will describe wounding rates for group-living chimpanzees. Another will compare social behavior before, during, and after introduction procedures for groups of varying size. Positive reinforcement training has become an important tool in caring for chimpanzees, and two presentations will provide assessments of training chimpanzees to voluntarily cooperate with presenting for injections using varying techniques. The final presentation will compare standards of care and regulation across different types of facilities housing chimpanzees. Advances in the areas of behavioral assessment, enclosure design, social group management, animal training methods and the regulations pertaining to chimpanzee care are all contributing to continued improvement in captive chimpanzee welfare.