Two chimps socializing in exhibit

Monitoring Primate Behavior

Zoo staff observing chimpanzees in exhibit

Purpose

By recording space-use and behavioral data for the chimpanzees, gorillas, and Japanese macaques at Lincoln Park Zoo, zoo scientists can better understand these complex species—and improve their care.

About

Throughout each day, zoo scientists use Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooMonitor app to observe and record the activities of chimpanzees and gorillas living at Regenstein Center for African Apes and the Japanese macaques living at Regenstein Macaque Forest. This data set, which has been collected since 2004, lets zoo scientists and the zoo’s Animal Care team monitor and understand the primates’ behavior and social relationships, and ensure their continued high-quality care.

Staff

Steve Ross, Ph.D.
Director
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
Lydia Hopper, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
Christina Doelling
Research Coordinator
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes