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The Primate Behavior and Ecology program provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationships between non-human primates and the environment in both captive and free-range settings. Learn more about where we work

The Primate Behavior and Ecology program is unique in the state of Washington (and the United States more broadly) and prepares students for graduate programs in primate behavior, behavioral ecology, animal behavior and related fields; for conservation careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations; or for careers in primate laboratories, zoos, and other captive facilities



Primate Behavior and Ecology Program students have the opportunity to complete internships and research with non-human primates in both captive and free-living settings.

Undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the amazing opportunity to gain chimpanzee care and husbandry training at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest located just 20 miles west of Ellensburg. 

Photo Credit: CSNW

Ethnoprimatological research opportunities focused on Tibetan macaques are available at Mount Huangshan in China.
A number of students have carried out internships and research projects at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA. 

Photo Credit: Gibbon Conservation Center


Opportunities are not limited to the above, as students and faculty complete thesis work around the world. Find out more about our research. 



Learn about undergraduate Miranda's experience in the program thus far here.




Together with our student-run club, Primate Awareness Network, we regularly invite experts in the field to campus as guest speakers each year.


Upcoming events

Dr. Krishna Balasubramaniam


Event details can be found here 

Dr. Katharine Jack



An Evening with Dr. Biruté Galdikas, the world's foremost authority on the orangutan

Photo Credit: National Geographic

Patti Ragan, President and Founder of Center for Great Apes 

Ashley Stone, President and Founder of the Bonobo Project

Listen to her talk here.

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