Sarah Huskisson, M.S.


Conservation & Science


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


Research Assistant


M.S. – Biology, Winthrop University
B.S. – Biology, Georgia College & State University


Areas of Expertise

  • Animal behavior
  • Zoo-housed animal welfare
  • Behavioral endocrinology
  • Conservation biology


Sarah got her start in zoos as a volunteer at Zoo Atlanta, where she gained experience in animal husbandry, exhibit interpretation, and behavioral observation. She began her master’s work in 2014, where she designed a study investigating intersexual and intrasexual relationship development in a newly-formed group of western lowland gorillas at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. In 2017, Sarah joined the Cincinnati Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife. There, she assisted with research on black rhino olfactory and reproductive behavior and waterdog hormonal activity.

In her role at the zoo, Sarah is contributing to studies exploring Japanese macaque cognition, behavioral projects with chimpanzees and gorillas, and studies of wild apes with the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project via the Goualougo Triangle Video Lab.


  • Huskisson, S. M., & Chism, J. L. 2018. Emerging relationships in a new group of Western lowland gorillas Gorilla gorilla gorilla at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, SC. International Zoo Yearbook, 52(1), 1-11.
  • Huskisson, S. M., Fogg, K. L., Upole, T. L., & Zehnder, C. B. 2015. Seasonal dynamics and plant preferences of Megacopta cribraria, an exotic insect species in the southeast. Southeastern Naturalist, 14(1), 57-65.