Past Captive Care Grants Awards


Dr Kathy Slater -  Housing rescued spider monkeys on a limited budget: The importance of height for enclosure design.

Nora Tabea Kopsch - The Effect of Zoo Construction Noise on Great Ape Behaviour and Welfare.


Sara Fontani - Design and test a new scent enrichment to improve breeding success in zoo-housed Alaotran gentle lemurs.

Miranda Stevenson - Veterinary support to improve the health of captive white-naped mangabeys (Cercocebus lunulatus) in the care of West African Primate Conservation Action.

Jenny Botting - Increasing positive welfare at a range-state chimpanzee sanctuary through PASA’s Primate Care Training Programme. 


Pin Chatpongcharoen - Gum Enrichment Experimentation to Improve Activity or Reduce Stereotypic Behaviour in Bengal Slow Loris, Nycticebus bengalensis, in Bang Phra Wildlife Domestic Research Station, Chonburi, Thailand. Awarded £875.

Elizabeth Roe - Breeding Success and Aelfare in Aye-Ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis): Wild and Captive Perspectives. Awarded £875.

Gregg Tulley - Primate Care Training at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Awarded £750.


Emma Hankinson - Orangutan Sleep Architecture: Exploring the Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep and Sleeping Platform Construction for Cognitive Function. Awarded £675.

Emmeline Howarth - Physiology, Cognition and Behaviour: a Three-Pronged Approach to Welfare Assessment. Awarded £800.

Stefano Vaglio - The Sensory Enriched Primate. Awarded £1000.


Emily Saunders - An Enclosure Design Tool (EDT) to Elicit Wild-Type Behaviours in Rehabilitant Orangutans. Awarded £950.


Anthony Denice (USA) - The Social Behaviour of Rehabilitated Black-Handed Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi). Awarded £700.


Holly Asquith-Barnes - Assessing the Effectiveness of Thermal Imaging in the Identification of Arthritic Conditions in Non-human Primates - a Tool for Improving Welfare. Awarded £690.

Jamie Whitehouse - Are stress-related behaviours meaningful to conspecifics in captive macaques? Awarded £600.


Francis Cabana - Wild Bites:  Using Nutritional Ecology (Native Ingredients and Chemical Composition) of the Javan Slow Loris to Improve Captive Feeding Husbandry. Awarded £750. 

Sonya Kahlenberg - Monitoring the Impact of a Forest Enclosure on Welfare and Reintroduction Potential of Orphaned Grauer’s Gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Awarded £750. 


Colleen Goh - Effects of enrichment of the physical environment on locomotion and activity levels in captive Western lowland gorillas in the UK. Awarded £575.  

Emma Williams - The behavioural ecology of the Northern Ceylon grey slender loris, Loris lydekkerianus nordicus: A comparison of activity, diet and behavioural repertoires in natural and captive environments. Awarded £575. 


Rosalie Dench - Important diseases of rehabilitant Orangutans: Establishing normal reference ranges for body weight and blood parameters. Awarded £897. 

Hannah Trayford - Monitoring Welfare Strategies for Rehabilitant Orangutans (Pongo sp.) in Indonesia. Awarded £750. 


Due to a lack of suitable applications, no awards were made in the April 2011 grant round. However, £400 was awarded (jointly with the Conservation Working Party) to John and Margaret Cooper to assist with running two short workshops concerned with providing training to local Kenyan and Ugandan veterinarians and wildlife biologists. They were trained in techniques that will promote the health and welfare of primates in the wild and in captivity.


Claire Watson - Promoting marmoset welfare through the establishment of an open access website. Awarded £500. 

Richard Moore - Protocol, field methods and follow-up: Measuring the viability of Indonesian slow loris re-introductions, with a focus on the Critically Endangered Nycticebus javanicus. Awarded £750. 

Kathryn Shutt - Validation of a faecal glucocorticoid metabolite assay for the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Awarded £250.


Diana Marsilio - The impact of browse and fruit consumption on regurgitation and reingestion in captive western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).

Olivier Caillabet - A parasitological survey of semi-captive drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus): Implications for reintroduction to the wild. 

Example publications from work supported by CCWP grants

Avanti Mallapur, Natalie Waran and Anindya Sinha (2005). Factors influencing the behaviour and welfare of captive lion-tailed macaques in Indian zoos. Applied Animal Behaviour Science Volume 91, Issues 3-4 Pages 337-353
Avanti Mallapur, Anindya Sinha and Natalie Waran  (2005). Influence of visitor presence on the behaviour of captive lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus) housed in Indian zoos Applied Animal Behaviour Science Volume 94, Issues 3-4 Pages 341-352
Bethell, E. J., Holmes, A., MacLarnon, A. and Semple, S. (2012). Cognitive bias in a non-human primate: husbandry procedures influence cognitive indicators of psychological well-being in captive rhesus macaques. Animal Welfare 21: 185-195.
Shutt, K., Setchell, J. M. and Heistermann, M. (2012). Non-invasive monitoring of physiological stress in the Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): Validation of a fecal glucocorticoid assay and methods for practical application in the field. General and Comparative Endocrinology 179(2): 167-177.
Whitehouse, J., J. Micheletta, J. Kaminski and B. M. Waller. (2016). Macaques Attend to Scratching in Others. Animal Behaviour 122: 169-175.

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