Aping the apes
- Twycross Zoo
- Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences
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Translating wild great ape research to zoos
A Conservation Welfare Talk
Dr Susannah Thorpe of the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham will talk about her research on the locomotion and ecology of wild orangutans, and how this has led to the development of a new Enclosure Design Tool to help zoos enhance welfare by eliciting more wild-type behaviours in their apes.
Dr Thorpe's expertise lies in the field of ecmorphology. Her research is about understanding how organisms get to be built the way they are built, and the consequences of their design for patterns of resource use, interactions with other species, and for patterns of evolution. Specific themes in her lab at present are the evolution of human bipedalism; how animals (including humans) interact with complex habitats and the cognitive demands of complex locomotion.