Laura Angley, M.S.

Conservation & Science
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
Research Assistant
  • M.S. – Biology, Boston University
  • B.A. – Biology, Providence College

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal behavior and welfare
  • Vervet monkey rehabilitation and release


As an undergraduate at Providence College, Laura spent a summer studying the spatial variation in the parasite communities and genomic structure of rats in New York City. She also spent a semester abroad in South Africa studying elephant watering hole usage.

After graduating, Laura interned at the Bronx Zoo and Maritime Aquarium, and traveled back to South Africa to work as a research assistant at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. In 2021, Laura received her master’s degree under the advisement of Dr. Christopher Schmitt, Ph.D., at Boston University. Her thesis investigated factors affecting post-release survival rates and welfare of rehabilitated and released vervet monkeys in Malawi, using data provided by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

Laura joined the team at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2022 as a research assistant for the Project ChimpCARE Welfare Assessment Initiative.



  • Angley, L. P., Combs, M.C., Firth, C., Frye, M.J., Lipkin, I., Richardson, J.L., Munshi-South, J. (2018). Spatial variation in the parasite communities and genomic structure of urban rats in New York City. Zoonoses and Public Health, 65(1) e113-123.
Chimpanzees socializing at Chimp Haven
At Zoos, Enhancing Animal Welfare
A Zoo-sanctuary Partnership for Chimpanzees
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