NAPSA Virtual Workshop 2017

Welcome to the new and improved Virtual Workshop of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance! We are thrilled to once again provide the opportunity for the primate sanctuary and animal welfare communities to gather, learn, and discuss topics relevant to primate retirement.

We know it can be tricky for sanctuaries and their staff to afford the time and travel to attend conferences. In the years between our in-person Workshops, we offer an online event. The Virtual Workshop is open all day, every day so that you can access it on your break, in the field, or even in your pajamas. Now our Virtual Workshop is more interactive than ever: Because one of the highlights of our in-person Workshops is the opportunity to share information and collaborate, it is now possible to comment on Virtual Workshop 2017 videos! We are excited to offer this quick and easy form of engagement.

It is our hope that granting attendees the rare opportunity to access online material in lieu of expensive travel will make this event more accessible and useful to all – so that everyone may focus time and effort on what we all do best: care for nonhuman primates.

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NAPSA and its Members

Virtual Tour: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Explore NAPSA founding member Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington and meet their population of retired lab chimpanzees.

Virtual Tour: Project Chimps

Explore NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps in Blue Ridge, Georgia. This newer sanctuary cares for over 20 chimpanzees but is preparing to welcome in hundreds more research chimpanzees in the coming years.

Virtual Tour: Fauna Foundation

Explore NAPSA founding member Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Quebec - Canada's only chimpanzee sanctuary! You will meet their chimpanzees and learn how carestaff manage their exceptional care.

Virtual Tour: Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

Explore NAPSA member Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. You will marvel at the size and scope of this sanctuary that cares for close to 1,000 animals, including chimpanzees, gibbons, capuchins, macaques, and more!

Welcome to NAPSA Virtual Workshop 2017

Erika Fleury, Program Director of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, welcomes you to the 2017 Virtual Workshop and shares news of NAPSA's recent activities.

Virtual Tour: Chimps Inc – Coming Soon

Explore NAPSA founding member Chimps Inc. in Bend, Oregon and meet their population of chimpanzees that were retired from private ownership.

NAPSA Year in Review 2016

Review what NAPSA was up to in the past year: New members, a Workshop, advocacy - oh my! 2016 was a busy and productive year for the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance.

Caregiving

Knife Safety

Join television star and celebrated chef Brian Malarkey as he teaches knife safety for sanctuary food preparation. Thanks to NAPSA founding member Chimps Inc. for producing this helpful video!

Significance of Panting and Function of Penile Erection During Chimpanzee Introductions

Michael Seres, Director of Chimpanzee Management at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps, shares his expertise on recognizing and understanding the importance of various bodily responses during chimpanzee introductions, and how to use those responses to predict outcomes of social pairings.

Supplementary Material – Chimpanzee Introductions

This historical footage, courtesy of Michael Seres, Director of Chimpanzee Management at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps, illustrates the many complex social cues and communicative interactions involved in the introduction of captive chimpanzees.

The Function and Significance of “GAP” Setting During Introductions

Michael Seres, Director of Chimpanzee Management at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps, shares his expertise on successful chimpanzee introductions using the "GAP" method.

A Day in the Life of a Caregiver at Project Chimps

Learn how caregivers at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps handle animal care, enrichment and sanctuary management, and more.

Tutorial: Monkey Hammock and Floating Platform Construction

NAPSA founding member Primate Rescue Center shares its extensive expertise on building novel forms of enrichment and enclosure accessories.

Primate Sanctuary Employment

Erika Fleury, Program Director of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance, shares the collective advice of NAPSA members regarding seeking and establishing a career at a primate sanctuary.

The Cost of Caring: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Burn Out

As part of a webinar series sponsored by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries in celebration of Animal Sanctuary Caregiver Day, licensed clinical professional counselor Ilene Kastel will present on compassion fatigue and burnout. Tune in to learn about its risk factors, warning signs, symptoms, and practices to cope with, manage, and prevent it.

Managing Abnormal Behavior in a Sanctuary Environment

Kari Bagnall, Founder and Executive Director of NAPSA member Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, illustrates how to best care for and manage various abnormal behaviors that are common to monkeys surviving trauma resulting from life in captivity.

Functionally Appropriate Environments for Squirrel Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, and Capuchins

Kari Bagnall, Founder and Executive Director of NAPSA member Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, illustrates how to best design enclosures for retired New World monkeys.

Positive Reinforcement Training for Sanctuary Chimpanzees

Amy Fultz, Director of Behavior and Research at NAPSA founding member Chimp Haven,discussses the basics of positive reinforcement training with sanctuary chimpanzees, including definitions, terminology, and examples to illustrate points and assist with understanding.

Positive Reinforcement Training for Medical Procedures

Rhonda Pietsch, Ape Care Manager, describes how NAPSA Founding member Center for Great Apes implements positive reinforcement training to aid caregivers performing medical procedures.

Chimpanzee Behavioral Taxonomy

This joint project of NAPSA founding members Fauna Foundation and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest explains basics of chimpanzee behavior and the contexts in which they might occur. This is integral to caregivers' understand of retired chimpanzees and how best to respond in certain situations. Be sure to review the accompanying PDF below!

A Day in the Life of a Caregiver at Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

Learn how caregivers at NAPSA member Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch manage exceptional care for 43 species and close to 1,000 retired animals.

Primate Operant Conditioning Program

Rebecca Woodward, Primate Team Lead at NAPSA member Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, describes how the sanctuary implements an operant conditioning program to help manage and care for their residents.

Giving Animals a Voice to Improve their Quality of Life: Just Listen (part 1)

Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates at Saint Louis Zoo, shares her advice on providing the highest quality of care to captive primates. This video is part one of a three part series.

Giving Animals a Voice to Improve their Quality of Life: Just Listen (part 2)

Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates at Saint Louis Zoo, shares her advice on providing the highest quality of care to captive primates. This video is part two of a three part series.

Giving Animals a Voice to Improve their Quality of Life: Just Listen (part 3)

Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates at Saint Louis Zoo, shares her advice on providing the highest quality of care to captive primates. This video is part three of a three part series.

Geriatric Care of Primates in Captivity – Coming Soon

Dr. Wm. Kirk Suedmeyer, Director of Animal Health and Research at Kansas City Zoo, shares his knowledge on providing exceptional care to aging populations of captive primates.

PVC Puzzle Enrichment – Coming Soon

Carestaff at NAPSA founding member Chimps Inc. explain how PVC puzzles are a useful source of enrichment for their retired chimpanzees.

Safety

Disaster Preparation for Sanctuaries

Jen Feuerstein, Senior Director of Operations at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps, details the many steps necessary to designing and implementing a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.

Personal Protective Equipment

Kathleen Taylor, Director of Animal Care at NAPSA founding member Chimp Haven, leads this introduction to decision making and implementation strategies to ensure safety of sanctuary staff.

Management

Establishing and Maintaining Mulch

Michael Seres, Director of Chimpanzee Management at NAPSA introductory member Project Chimps, describes the advantages and disadvantages of using mulch as a substrate at a primate sanctuary, and advises on how best to care utilize the material.

Volunteer Programs

Joy Hernandez, Volunteer Coordinator, explains how NAPSA founding member Center for Great Apes organizes and manages its thriving volunteer program.

Veterinary

Geriatric Care and Quality of Life

Dr. Raven Jackson-Jewett, Attending Veterinarian at NAPSA founding member Chimp Haven, describes how the sanctuary manages exceptional care for large populations of aging chimpanzees.