Founded in 1984, ChimpanZoo is an international research program dedicated to the study of chimpanzees in zoos and other captive settings. Approximately 200 chimpanzees are involved in ChimpanZoo, making it the largest ape research program. Trained by participating zoos and the Jane Goodall Institute, students, caretakers and volunteers record behavioral observations and compare those behaviors to those of chimps in the wild. The results of the studies are presented at an annual ChimpanZoo conference, the location of which changes each year. It serves as a forum for discussing and exchanging new information and ideas. The conference attracts the academic and zoological communities, as well as the public. Guest lecturers are also invited to speak about their latest research, and findings are published in scholarly journals. The database is also accessible to zoos, students and instructors.
- To increase public awareness about the plight of chimpanzees and to increase understanding of chimpanzee behavior.
- To assist zoos in their efforts to improve the habitats and conditions for captive chimpanzees.
- To facilitate the exchange of information on ways to enrich the lives of captive chimpanzees.
Become a Chimpanzoo Volunteer!!
Would you like to learn to observe the chimps at Lion Country Safari?
For a few hours a week you can learn about the chimps and contribute to the research of the Jane Goodall Institute.
**This program does not involve hands-on care of the animals and does not earn community service hours.**
Please contact Tina Cloutier Barbour, Primate Curator, with your name and phone number.