Coquerel’s Sifaka Born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

On April 13, 2011, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore announced the birth of an Endangered Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) making it one of only 50 individuals found in accredited institutions in the United States. Read the press release for more information! The Duke Lemur Center manages the United States' Coquerel's Sifaka population and provides more... Continue Reading →

Environmental Enrichment for Captive Primates: Recent Article on the Importance of Gum for Zoo Monkeys

By: Kristin Abt A recent article in the journal, Zoo Biology, discusses the current lack of gum enrichment for certain primate species in a captive setting that is in contrast to their wild behavior. Huber and Lewis (2011) surveyed zoos at an international scale to assess the occurrence and methods of “gum-based enrichment.” They identify... Continue Reading →

Orangutan Behavior during the Rehabilitation Process

By Kristin Abt   A recent article "Fostering Appropriate Behavior in Rehabilitant Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)" published online in the International Journal of Primatology discusses research on the behavior of rehabilitant orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus and P. abelii) at the Orangutan Care and Quarantine Centre in Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Much past research has focused on postrelease behavior... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on the Urban Ecology of Long-tailed Macaques

The study of conservation biology, and its oft-times competitor - urbanization, is increasingly relevant to the study of primatology. As a species, long-tailed macaques demonstrate a number of conflicts and potential implications of the urbanization occurring in primate-habitat countries. The long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is the third-most common primate in the world with an extensive range... Continue Reading →

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