Founded in 1984, ChimpanZoo
is an international research program dedicated to the study of chimpanzees
in zoos and other captive settings. Approximately 200 chimpanzees
are involved in ChimpanZoo, making it the largest ape research program
ever undertaken. Trained by participating zoos and the Jane Goodall
Institute, students, caretakers and volunteers record behavioral
observations and work with zoo keepers to improve the lives of captive
chimpanzees and compare their behavior to that of chimps in the wild.
The results of
the studies are presented at annual ChimpanZoo conferences, the
location of which changes each year. It serves as a forum for
discussing and exchanging new information and ideas. The conference
attracts the academic and zoological communities, as well as the
public. Guest lecturers are also invited to speak about their
latest research, and findings are published in scholarly journals.
The database is also accessible to zoos, students and instructors.
- To increase public awareness
about the plight of chimpanzees and to increase understanding
of chimpanzee behavior.
- To assist zoos in their efforts
to improve the habitats and conditions for captive chimpanzees.
- To facilitate the exchange
of information on ways to enrich the lives of captive chimpanzees.
For more information about joining
the research program, please contact:
1717 E. Speedway Blvd.
Babcock Bldg., #3106
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-4785
Fax: (520) 621-2230