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Primate

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

Burrito photo
Photo credit: CSNW
 
 
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

Tibetan macaque photo
Photo credit: Rie Usui
 
 
FAUNA FOUNDATION 

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


Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur
  
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.

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

Gibbon photoPhoto credit: GCC
  
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

Science vectorPhoto 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

MCE BannerPhoto credit: MCE
  
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

Mandrill photoPhoto credit: Oregon Zoo

 

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