ChimpanZoo Research Database
The ChimpanZoo Database
was designed to perform several functions:
1. Enter, store, and
retrieve several different kinds of information
2. Allow the researcher to combine and/or retrieve discrete pieces of
3. Information from each of the different categories or information stored
in the database
4. Perform time consuming routine functions for the database manager
5. To be easy for researchers to learn and use
combined ChimpanZoo database was created from a relational client/server
database that uses tables to organize data. Each table contains a
specific kind of information, for example, life history, genealogy,
location, medical information, personality assessment test scores,
and behavioral data collected about each of over 130 chimpanzees
in the program. The database also keeps track of the observers collecting
data, their location, reliability scores, training, etc., and stores
information on environmental and architectural characteristics of
each of the zoo enclosures in the program, for comparative purposes.
The ChimpanZoo Database design makes it easy for researchers to extract information
from a single or from several tables at the same time. Thus, a researcher could
ask the database to list all the chimpanzees under 6-years-of-age, gender,
location, siblings, offspring, behavioral data, etc., with one question. Information
about gender, location, offspring, etc., is located on several different tables.
The answer to the question (query) is extracted from the appropriate tables
and combined to create a new table containing only the information requested.
This feature of the Database also makes it easy to add new topics of information
to the study as needed.
Like many databases, the ChimpanZoo database requires maintenance. However,
the ChimpanZoo Database has some built-in maintenance features that lessen
the need for the number of operating personnel. These features include: password
protection, backup, cleanup, and export data to statistical packages, routine
status reports, and a billing system for on-line use.
With all the power the ChimpanZoo Database has for asking and answering complex
questions, it is still easy to learn and to operate. This means researchers
and students can operate the database after a brief training period.
more information please contact:
1717 E. Speedway Blvd.
Babcock Bldg., #3106
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-4785
Fax: (520) 621-2230