April Evening Lecture
Social Studies! Taking a look at Zoo animal social behaviors!
Join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:30pm as we hear about the research that RIZE students from Fairfield University have conducted this year at the Zoo.
Fairfield University’s U Rize program students in conjunction with Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo are studying zoo animal behavior. They have studied Cohabitational Compatibility Between Two Newly Introduced Goeldi’s Marmosets, Determining the Origin of Aggression and Cannibalism in Brook Trout Fingerlings, Exploring ways that Black Handed Spider Monkeys identify food, Behavioral Observations of Two-Toed Sloths and How Do Red Wolves Recognize Humans? Learn about the research and results from their “social studies.”
About RIZE: RIZE is service learning research program which began at the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Fairfield University. Unlike most research conducted by universities in zoos, RIZE projects are selected by zoo staff and based on zoo questions and needs. Because resources such as time and money are often limited in zoos, many questions regarding animal behavior are left unanswered and anecdotal observations by keepers left undocumented. RIZE students work for zoos in carrying out projects that the zoo considers important but yet undoable due to resource limitations. RIZE brings students, equipment and other necessary resources to the zoo to work on projects that range from behavioral monitoring to exhibit enrichment and can last anywhere from a single semester to several years in duration.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series Sponsored by AARP is free to attend. A $10 donation is suggested.