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Primate

Research and Internships

Primate Behavior & Ecology students have several opportunities to complete internships and research with non-human primates in both captive and free-living settings. Opportunities currently include:

CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY NORTHWEST (CSNW)
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
CSNW is located approximately 20 miles west of Ellensburg. The sanctuary currently provides care for seven chimpanzees while advocating for all great apes. Through a collaborative agreement with the PBE program, CSNW supports the training and education of students in the field of chimpanzee care and husbandry. Photo credit Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.


 
ETHNOPRIMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN CHINA
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
Practice observational research methods as a member of an international team focused on the behavior of Tibetan macaques. Photo credit Rie Usui.

                                            
 
FAUNA FOUNDATION
Contact: Mary Lee Jensvold, PhD
jensvold@faunafoundation.org, +1 450-658-1844
Fauna Foundation is located about a half hour from Montreal in Carignan, Quebec, CA. This sanctuary is the only chimpanzee sanctuary in Canada and is currently home to all known captive chimpanzees living in Canada. Fauna is also home to former CHCI signing chimps, Tatu and Loulis. Fauna is home to 14 chimpanzees, 4 monkeys, and several farm animals. Fauna Foundation is now offering summer internships to students interested in learning about and participating in noninvasive research with the chimpanzees. Check it out at: http://www.faunafoundation.org/programs/visiting-intern-program/. Photo credit Jo-Anne McArthur.
                         
                           
 
GIBBON CONSERVATION CENTER (GCC)

Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
GCC’s mission is to promote the conservation of gibbons through education and research. GCC houses more than 40 gibbons and representatives of 4 genera. Students can base research projects at GCC and/or gain experience in husbandry,
grant-writing, and environmental education working in collaboration with CWU faculty and GCC staff. Photo courtesy of Gibbon Conservation Center.

MOLECULAR ANTHROPOLOGY LAB (MAL)
Contact: Joseph Lorenz, PhD
Joseph.Lorenz@cwu.edu, 509-963-3448
Learn the techniques used in forensic, biomedical, and genetic research
laboratories. MAL is equipped for DNA extraction, PCR analysis, genotyping, and DNA sequencing. MAL houses DNA samples from more than 90 primate species, which are available for student projects in comparative primate genetics.

MUSEUM OF CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Contact: Mark Auslander, PhD
Mark.Auslander@cwu.edu, 509-963-3209
An opportunity to learn more about public education and outreach, exhibit design,
and educational assessment.

Students interested in conducting research should familiarize themselves with the CWU policy and procedures of CWU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

 

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