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  5. Can sancturies and researchers collaborate?

vetYes! They already are. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutonary Anthropology and Harvard University are carrying out successful research programs at three sanctuaries.

Sanctuaries recognize the importance of learning about their captive populations through non-invasive techniques that can enrich or improve the lives of their animals. This includes studies of chimpanzee behavior, cognition, disease, morphology, physiology and genetics.

Continued success will depend on whether future researchers approach sanctuaries respectfully, with a collaborative spirit and genuine interest in ape welfare and conservation. If they do, sanctuaries will become the worlds finest resource for improving our understanding of the great apes in the decades to come - to the benefit of all!

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology