Chimpanzee Behavioral Anomalies: The Effect of Sensory Integration Therapy, Enrichment, and Environment on a Captive Individual (Pan Troglodytes)

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2010

Project Description/Abstract

Apes in captivity often display behavioral abnormalities that may threaten their health or disrupt the functioning of social groups. This research study will examine the effects on a group of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at the Saint Louis Zoo of applying behavioral therapy intervention used with human children who exhibit similar behaviors. Utilizing direct observation and video taping, data will be collected after therapeutic intervention has begun, and then compared with preliminary data previously collected to determine effectiveness. This is a unique approach to chimpanzee behavioral problems, and has the potential to be useful in a wide range of situations.

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