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Touch-screens and research cubes will let zoo scientists get an inside look at snow monkey societies.
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Touch-screens and research cubes will let zoo scientists get an inside look at snow monkey societies.
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Learning from Learning

Japanese macaques learn a lot from one another in the wild. New behaviors—like stacking stones or relaxing in hot springs—are sometimes shared so much in a snow monkey troop that they end up being passed down through the generations. By studying snow monkeys as they interact and try new tasks, scientists with the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes can better understand how these animals learn and think.

Getting Ready for Research

Cutting-edge research was built into the blueprints of Regenstein Macaque Forest. See how touch-screen computers and other high-tech tools will let zoo scientists explore how snow monkeys think and interact.

Snow Monkey Webcams

Coming soon! See a live stream as the snow monkeys explore their exhibit--or try their hands at the touch-screen booth.

Space-Use and Behavioral Monitoring

Space-Use and Behavioral Monitoring

A hot spring, remote-control feeders, hidden hideaways…Regenstein Macaque Forest was built to engage snow monkeys! But how will the Japanese macaques actually use the state-of-the-art exhibit? By recording daily where the monkeys go and how they interact, scientists will build an unparalleled picture of life in a macaque troop.

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Touch-Screen Studies

Touch-Screen Studies

Cozy “cubes” will let the snow monkeys try a range of cognitive tasks. Building on voluntary projects with chimpanzees and gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes, Regenstein Macaque Forest features two side-by-side touch-screen stations. The proximity lets the snow monkeys see what their peers are doing…unless scientists darken the “smart glass” that separates them.

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Health and Hormones

Health and Hormones

Researchers use a range of tools to gather data about the snow monkeys—including the primates’ poop. The zoo’s Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology analyzes animal feces to measure stress and reproductive hormones within. The results let us know how the macaques are adjusting to their new home…as well as which females may be expecting new arrivals.

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Snow Science

These experts help us learn more about the snow monkeys at Regenstein Macaque Forest.

Katherine Cronin, Ph.D.

Katherine Cronin, Ph.D.

The leader of the research efforts at Regenstein Macaque Forest, Katherine has worked at Duke University’s Lemur Center and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, where she studied social behavior and cognition of a range of primate species. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Steve Ross, Ph.D.

Steve Ross, Ph.D.

The director of the zoo’s Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Steve is a leader in increasing our understanding of apes and advancing their conservation and care. He oversees research projects ranging from tool-use studies at the zoo to weighing the impact of logging in the Republic of Congo’s remote Goualougo Triangle. Steve received his Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen.

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Lydia Hopper, Ph.D.

Lydia Hopper, Ph.D.

The assistant director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lydia Hopper studies how zoo primates learn from one another and respond to differential treatment. Her work aims at building a better understanding of how species, including chimpanzees and gorillas, navigate their complex social world. She has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, UK.

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Maureen Leahy

Maureen Leahy

As curator of primates, Maureen guides planning and care for Lincoln Park Zoo’s monkeys and apes. Beyond providing world-class care, her staff works hand in hand with zoo scientists to enable groundbreaking research into primate tool-use, cognition and behavior. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with primates.

Proud Partners

The Japan Monkey Centre

http://www.j-monkey.jp/jmc-e/top-e.html

Kyoto University Wildlife Research Center

http://www.wrc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/index.html

Kyoto University Primate Research Institute

http://www.pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/

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