At this one-of-a-kind breakfast, held Febuary 11, guests noshed on a delicious buffet while family groups of western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees socialized next to them. They also fed their minds as the zoo’s Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy shared fascinating facts about these species’ social interactions, participation in voluntary self-care and computer touch-screen cognition studies, and more.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s Curator of Primates, Maureen manages about a dozen species. She also works closely with the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, collaborating on projects with researchers. One important element of her job is overseeing the enrichment program for primates. Enrichment encourages our monkeys and apes to behave dynamically and interact socially as they would in the wild.