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Primate

College of the Sciences

Research and Internships

 

 

 

 

Primate Behavior and Ecology students have several opportunities to complete internships and research with non-human primates in both captive and free-living settings. Students interested in conducting research should familiarize themselves with the CWU policy and procedures of CWU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
 

 


CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY NORTHWEST (CSNW)

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. (see what the Cle Elum 7 have been up to here)

 

Contact: Jessica Mayhew, Ph.D., Jessica.Mayhew@cwu.edu
509-963-3220

Photo credit: CSNW

 

 


GIBBON CONSERVATION CENTER (GCC)

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.

Learn more about previous research conducted by CWU students at the GCC here

Contact: Lori Sheeran, Ph.D., Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu 509-963-1434

Photo credit: GCC

 


FAUNA FOUNDATION

Photo: © Jo-Anne McArthur

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 offers summer internships to students interested in learning about and participating in non-invasive research with the chimpanzees.

Contact: Mary Lee Jensvold, Ph.D., jensvold@faunafoundation.org, +1 450-658-1844

 

Learn about their visiting intern program here


ETHNOPRIMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN CHINA

Practice observational research methods as a member of an international team focused on the behavior of Tibetan macaques.

Contact: Lori Sheeran, Ph.D., Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu
509-963-1434

Photo credit: Rie Usui

 


MOLECULAR ANTHROPOLOGY LAB (MAL)

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.

 

Contact: Lori Sheeran, Ph.D., Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu
509-963-1434

Photo Credit: Vecteezy

 


MUSEUM OF CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT (MCE)

An opportunity to learn more about public education and outreach, exhibit design, and educational assessment.

Contact: J. Hope Amason, Ph.D., Jessica.Amason@cwu.edu

 


OREGON ZOO

A non-profit zoo located just outside of Portland, Oregon that is home to ten species of monkeys and apes. Oregon Zoo emphasizes sustainable conservation and naturalistic environments while also promoting animal welfare science and research. Students can explore summer internships and create zoo-based research projects.


Contact: Lori Sheeran, Ph.D., Lori.Sheeran@cwu.edu
509-963-1434 

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo

 

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