Crickette Sanz, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes


Adjunct Scientist


Ph.D. – Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. – Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. – Central Washington University
B.A. – Central Washington University

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Crickette began her studies of great apes at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. She spent six years working at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute while earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in experimental psychology. She followed her interests in studying chimpanzees to the Goualougo Triangle in Republic of Congo. After obtaining her Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. She then joined the faculty of the Anthropology Department at Washington University in Saint Louis.

She and David Morgan are co-directors of the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project in Republic of Congo. In 1999, the project was initiated to increase our knowledge of the central subspecies of chimpanzee and use this information to address the threats facing these apes. The scope of the project was subsequently expanded to include a focus on the area’s western lowland gorillas. Crickette and Dave were recently invited by the Wildlife Conservation Society to oversee management of the Mondika site.

As an adjunct scientist at Lincoln Park Zoo, Crickette has worked in conjunction with zoo staff to establish the Goualougo Video Laboratory at Fisher Center.


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