Abstract # 6094 Event # 221:

Scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 AM-11:30 AM: (Cascade E) Symposium


CONSIDERING ZOOS AS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

L. M. Hopper and S. R. Ross
Lincoln Park Zoo, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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     The topics investigated by those studying primates in research laboratories are rich and varied and have helped inform and shape our understanding of primate behavior, cognition, and physiology. Although many zoological parks encourage and facilitate observational and applied research, it was historically less common for researchers to conduct experimental research in a zoo setting, but this norm has changed in recent years to facilitate diverse experimental research opportunities in zoos. In this symposium we will highlight the range of experimental research currently being conducted with primates in zoos, including studies of behavior, cognition, and welfare. We will also consider how researchers can collaborate with zoo personnel to conduct meaningful research that also fosters connections between zoos and academic institutions. Such research is not only of theoretical interest, but, by conducting research at a zoo in a public setting, researchers are afforded a unique opportunity for public engagement with science. Primatologists can share both the findings of their research and also the methods that they use to learn more about their study species. Speakers in this symposium will cover pure and applied research from multiple zoos and with a range of species (both monkeys and apes).