Stoinski, Zoo Atlanta
ultimate goal of any zoological institution is to ensure the long-term
survival of wildlife and wild places. Unfortunately, the situation
for ape populations in the wild is critical, with many populations,
subspecies and even species predicted to go extinct in the near
future. The Conservation Committee works to enhance zoo-based efforts
to conserve wild apes through its Conservation
Birth Management/Surrogate Rearing
Lombardi, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
knowledge base and success rates of captive reproduction in ape
species have greatly increased over the last several decades. While
mother rearing of young is always preferable, in some cases it becomes
necessary to surrogate rear an infant. This committee facilities
resource and information sharing around the birthing and new techniques
of surrogate rearing of apes.
Kristen Lukas, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Although much is learned about various ape species through observations
of natural behavior in the wild, there is also tremendous knowledge
gained from the study of apes in captivity. In a controlled setting
such as a zoo, we are able to get much closer to the animals and
observe their behavior, health, and physiology in a more consistent
manner. Captive researchers look into areas as diverse as social
dynamics and cognition to endocrinology and disease processes. The
Research Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving research
proposals and facilitates sharing of research techniques and findings.
Chris Kuhar, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Education Committee disseminates information about apes to a
variety of audiences, from the zoo professional to the lay person.
Creation and maintenance of a dynamic, informative, and user-friendly
website is the current focus of this group. Ultimately, we aim to
develop key messaging points for ape conservation that may be incorporated
into programming and interpretives across member institutions as
well as educational curricula and activities.
Rich Bergl, North Carolina Zoological Park
The Biomaterials Committee oversees the important work of "banking"
biological materials collected from apes during necropsies (animal
autopsies). By properly collecting and storing biomaterials, we
ensure they can be used by researchers in perpetuity to answer a
host of scientific questions about ape health, morphology, biology,
Care and Welfare
Lisa New, Knoxville Zoo
Connie Phillip, Nashville Zoo
Scott Carter, Detroit Zoo
This committee is broken down into three main areas of focus:
Animal Care Manuals provide a compilation of knowledge provided
by recognized animal experts based on the current science, practice,
and technology of animal management. The manual assembles basic
requirements, best practices, and animal care recommendations
to maximize capacity for excellence in animal care and welfare.
web page for more information on Animal Care Manuals.
Ross, Lincoln Park Zoo
Tracy Fenn, Jacksonville Zoo
This subcommittee is responsible for reviewing the current use
of apes in entertainment and assessing the messages that are associated
with such practices. The subcommittee works with AZA facilities
to ensure they consider the ways in which their apes are portrayed
for advertising, fundraising, and other purposes.
Barbara Weber, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tracy Fenn, Jacksonville Zoo
Animal keepers create trusting relationships with the animals
in their care through operant conditioning and positive reinforcement.
These relationships allow animal keepers to train apes to participate
in their care. Training an ape, for example, to present parts
of its body for inspection precludes the need to anesthetize the
animal for a simple exam. The Training Committee creates resource
materials and symposiums geared toward sharing tools and best
practices for training apes.