Abstract # 6092 Event # 35:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 18, 2015 03:00 PM-05:20 PM: (Cascade F) Symposium


THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE MODERN PRIMATE SANCTUARY AND THE GROWTH OF COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

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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     In recent years, the primate sanctuary community has grown not only in terms of population capacity but also in professional development. Many modern sanctuaries are accredited, non-profit organizations with well-organized care staff, veterinary support, and fundraising strategies that help support their mission to provide lifetime care for primates retired from research laboratories and private ownership (pets and performers). A historic divide between the range of organizations housing primates (zoos, sanctuaries, laboratories) is now lessening and there is growing consensus that cooperative and collaborative approaches have a range of positive outcomes for the organizations involved and ultimately, for the primates in our care. In this symposium, a range of speakers from the research, zoo and sanctuary communities will describe the evolution of primate sanctuaries and outline how professional and collaborative partnerships can be a productive and successful means to improve the lives of captive primates and our understanding of them.