Lemur Field Research
Michelle Sauter and Frank Cuozzo study the lemurs in their home range on Madagascar and compare that information to the parameters established with our ring-tailed lemurs here at the Indianapolis Zoo. Creating a baseline for comparison is a significant step in understanding the effects of human encroachment on lemur habitat. The Indianapolis Zoo collaborates with the Lemur Biology Project in Madagascar. Read more about their field research.
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums conduct extensive research projects, such as studies about a species biology, physiology or sensory systems, within their institutions. These studies would be nearly impossible to conduct in the wild and the information gained from them has direct applications to species conservation. The Indianapolis Zoo participates in studies and publishes the results for the benefit of scientists and animal conservationists throughout the world.
In addition, professional Zoo staff members are involved with various groups within the national AZA organization that facilitate the management, care, research, and conservation of animal species. These collaborative groups are composed of experts from throughout accredited zoos. Specifically, Zoo staff are involved in the following AZA Programs:
As Institutional Representatives on the Animal Welfare Committee, Avian Scientific Advisory Group, Avian Interest Group, and Behavior Advisory Group, and as the Taxon Advisory Group Steering Committee Member for the Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee (WCMC.)
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