Video: An Unprecedented Partnership for Chimpanzee Welfare
Thursday, March 16, 2017
by Lincoln Park Zoo
Conservation & Science
Last year, Lincoln Park Zoo and Chimp Haven—the national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana—formed an unprecedented partnership to advance care for chimpanzees at both institutions and beyond. Together, we're working for and with chimpanzees to improve their welfare no matter where they live.
As part of the partnership, Lincoln Park Zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes has a full-time research scientist, Bethany K. Hansen, Ph.D., based at Chimp Haven. The goal is to study behavior and biology to find new ways to care for chimpanzees.
Eduators at the zoo’s Hurvis Center for Learning are also working with Chimp Haven’s staff to evaluate and enhance community-engagement programs. This includes Chimpanzee Discovery Days, when Chimp Haven is open to public visitors.
This collaboration is made possible in part by a three-year grant from the Arcus Foundation, an organization that supports great ape care and conservation initiatives worldwide. Arcus Foundation continues to work to increase recognition of and respect for the intrinsic value of great apes and supports efforts to increase knowledge and develop best practices for apes in human care.
Fisher Center Director Steve Ross, Ph.D., and Chimp Haven President and CEO Cathy Willis Spraetz share an overview of this exciting collaboration in this video.