Research

The Ape TAG assists AZA facilities in prioritizing research requests by reviewing proposals for approval or endorsement.

All proposals should use the AZA Standardized Research Application Form and be submitted to tina.cloutierbarbour@lioncountrysafari.com. Proposals are reviewed by the Ape TAG research committee within one month.

Currently endorsed and approved projects:

Project & Submission InfoPI / InstitutionStatusValid Until
Great Ape Heart ProjectMurphy / Detroit Zoological SocietyEndorsedLong-term
Great Ape Neuroscience ProjectSherwood / GWUEndorsedLong-term
The impact of latitude and climate on life history variables in zoo-
housed great apes
Finestone / MPI – Science of Human HistoryApprovedMay 2023
Investigating the Composition of the Milk of ApesPower / Smithsonian National ZooApprovedJune 2023
Open Ape Studio: Automated Pose-tracking in ApesHayden / University of Minnesota
Co-Investigators:
Dr. Jan Zimmerman – UMN
Dr. Hyun Soo Park – UMN
Project Manager: Rebecca Richardson, Emory University, Yerkes NPRC
ApprovedFeb 2024
The role of language in the evolution of imaginationGannon / University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Co-Investigator:
Dr Adriano Lameira / University of Warwick, United Kingdom
ApprovedMarch 2024
last updated 03/25/2022
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